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Ruth Bader Ginsberg's Eulogy For Antonin Scalia Shows Why Politics Shouldn't Divide Us

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 3/03/2016 Robert Baldwin III

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg highlighted some important moments of her friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia at his memorial service earlier this week. 

Although they typically differed on their political opinions, Ginsburg and Scalia became close friends. During her eulogy, Ginsburg relayed some stories about the late justice, who died last month.

"When President [Bill] Clinton was mulling over his first nomination to the Supreme Court, Justice Scalia was asked, 'If you were stranded on a desert island with your new court colleague, who would you prefer: Larry Tribe or Mario Cuomo?'" Ginsburg said. Tribe is a noted constitutional law professor at Harvard University, and the late Cuomo served as New York's governor for three terms.

Ginsburg said that "Justice Scalia answered quickly and distinctly: 'Ruth Bader Ginsburg.'" Clinton went on to appoint Ginsburg to the court. 

Ginsburg also remembered an interaction with Scalia after the court decided Bush v. Gore, the pivotal and grueling case that named former President George W. Bush the winner of the 2000 election. 

"Around 9 p.m., the telephone rang. It was Justice Scalia," she said. "He didn’t say, 'get over it.'  Instead, he asked, 'Ruth, why are you still at the court? Go home and take a hot bath.'"

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