Snubbed Judges Give Roberts Cold Shoulder
Making his first visit to the Supreme Court since his confirmation as chief justice, John Roberts got a cool reception from the other eight judges this week.
"If you need anything, just phone over to the 'NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO BE CHIEF JUSTICE' chambers," said Justice David Souter after meeting Roberts. "We'll be toiling along in our own humble way."
"Yeah," said Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "And feel free to come to my house for Passover. That's PASS-OVER. Get it?"
Later, Justice Antonin Scalia, who was believed by some to be a likely choice to succeed William Rehnquist as chief justice, took Roberts for a tour of the court building. Ten minutes later, security guards freed Roberts from a locked storeroom, and Scalia had left the premises.
Roberts then went to his chambers and found it ransacked, with the words "chief dorkwad" written on the wall in lipstick. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has announced her retirement from the court, was later overheard telling Ginsburg "What are they gonna do, fire my ass?"
The only justice to show some warmth to the newbie was Clarence Thomas, who was overhead asking Roberts if he enjoyed Scandinavian films.