I have stumbled into some of the coverage of the Supreme Court hearings on the health care bill this week, broadcast on NPR. I haven’t really meant to, because I despair that the law will survive and we will be back at square one. Hell, I despair over the law, itself, because it’s so problematic and so much not what I would rather see (i.e., a public health system as in Canada and the U.K.). Having said that, though, the programs on NPR have reminded me just how much geeky fun it is analyzing all the details of the Supreme Court. It’s especially so because NPR has some very good commentators and reporters on the job who tease lots of relevant details out of the proceedings and connect some far-flung but important dots. It’s even better because the Court is much more open than it used to be, so that you can hear sound bites from the justices themselves as they grill the attorneys. One favorite bit was, I believe, Justice Scalia saying that they could throw the bill back to Congress, where “nothing” will happen. Snarky? But hey, he’s right (and who’d ever think I would agree with Scalia on anything?).
For about half a semester of college, I considered going into not just law, but constitutional law. It might have worked out, but one has to apply oneself a bit more than I even considered applying myself. It would’ve changed everything, though, obviously.