Move over, Aretha. Justice Scalia takes center stage!
If singing legend Aretha Franklin took the prize for the most outre’ hat at the 2009 inaugural, Justice Antonin Scalia outdid her this time around by dressing as St. Thomas More from the famous Holbein painting.
Initially, speculation was rampant on the Internet as to what the hat was. Matthew Schmitz at First Things cleared that up by noting that the not-so-snappy brim was a gift to Scalia from the St. Thomas More Society of Richmond, Virginia after their annual Red Mass and dinner in 2010.
What remains unclear is whether Scalia was taking his More shtick seriously, or whether his conservative followers will. Because, ya know, Scalia is in immediate danger of being executed by the monarch who took the oath of office yesterday after he was democratically-elected by U.S. Catholics and lots of others.
Ah, the joys of being a martyr who is in no danger. Doesn’t get any better than that.