Recently Sen. Ted Cruz gave a fine speech at the Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention. The theme of the Convention was, “The Jurisprudence and Legacy of Justice Scalia.” (Full transcript of Sen. Cruz’s remarks at the link.)
It is a great honor for me to speak at this year’s gathering of the Federalist Society to honor the jurisprudence and legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia. Soon after his untimely passing, members of the Senate were invited to submit, into the congressional record, statements commemorating his remarkable career.
Now, I’m sure the Federalist Society crowd here today can see the irony in a request to supplement the congressional record, of all things, with praise for Justice Scalia. Given his sterling sense of humor, I suspect Justice Scalia would have rather enjoyed learning of such a request. After all, we’re talking about a man who waged a 30-year war against legislative history and the idea that the congressional record was something more than the public musings of self-important legislators who like to hear themselves talk.
I can almost see him now, leaning back in his chair, with a mischievous grin on his face, saying: ‘Well, that’s some request. If they really cared, they’d stop passing unconstitutional laws!’
In his remarks Cruz was personable, witty and … brilliant, reminding me of what we lost when he ended his presidential campaign.