Every friendship needs to be a “Scalia-and-Ginsburg” friendship


Aww! Look at these two! Photo Credit: NPR

“Scalia and Ginsburg: The end of a beautiful friendship,” by Megan Daum of the Los Angeles Times. Published on February 18, 2016.

Megan Daum’s article, “Scalia and Ginsburg: The end of a beautiful friendship (2016),” argues that the once strong friendship between Scalia and Ginsburg — who were ideologically polar opposites — is what society has failed to mirror in recent years. Daum supports her argument by pointing out the efficacy of befriending our ideological enemies and why doing this action hardly occurs. Daum’s purpose is to use Ginsburg’s friendship as an example of an effective and helpful friendship in order to remind the audience that despite our differences, politics does not need to drive us apart. Taking into account Daum’s liberal tone and use of liberal examples, it is implied that she appeals to a young audience.

Contrary to what one of Daum’s readers may think, she uses an intro sentence that pokes fun at both parties. She describes the GOP as preventing Obama from nominating a justice and the Democrats as trying to not “smack their lips” regarding the aftermath of Scalia’s death. But, if you aren’t sure Scalia or Ginsburg is, Daum easily describes them both as ideological opposites by using support: Scalia believes homosexuality is equivalent to murder while Ginsburg had recently officiated a same-sex wedding. The purpose of these two paragraphs is to establish an introducing ground for the reader.

Daum lists most of the events that Scalia and Ginsburg were involved in outside of the Supreme Court: visiting opera performances and riding an elephant together. Their relationship was so strong that an opera depicting it was created. This is useful in the next paragraph in which Daum includes a quote from the opera that Ginsburg had said in response to Scalia’s death: “we are different, we are one.” Finally, Daum uses the mutual support between Clinton and Sanders to describe how we must follow their shoes.

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5 thoughts on “Every friendship needs to be a “Scalia-and-Ginsburg” friendship

  1. Hey Harrison,
    This article was interesting as we just read about Scalia and Breyer’s opposing views. Daum uses the world of social media to imagine how Scalia and Ginsburg’s relationship would differ in a different era. This helps us see the fault of today’s society and the growing separation between political ideologies. What do you think about their unlikely friendship?


  2. I think it’s so cool how great of friends they can be while ideologically differing. Perhaps that is why it was so strong. Unlike most friendships where the two like the same stuff and think the same way, this one transcends that and embraces those differences. Truly great.


  3. You know, you here all this about why Scalia died, whether it was old age or murder, and you hear what are the consequences of his death. But you never hear in the media how his death impacted his loved ones. It’s interesting that Ginsburg and Scalia have opposing views, but still had an apparently strong relationship.


  4. Hi Harrison,
    Politics should not dictate the way that people interact with each other. If a person is never exposed to opposing viewpoints, how can they ever hope to grow or change their minds or even formulate sophisticated opinions? How do you think that Democrats and Republicans can repair their views of the opposing party and see each other as complimentary forces, not mortal enemies?


  5. Harrison,

    I feel as though this article was much needed. As the presidential election is becoming closer and closer, conflicts between friends and relatives over politics arise. In the midst of selecting our next president, we should realize that we all are striving for a similar goal: to live in a safe and equal country. We should not use our differences against each other, but rather to expose one another to opposing positions and ideas.


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