Setting the stage for what in my view may be the greatest opening ever uttered in a Supreme Court opinion. Naturally it comes from Justice Scalia:
It has come to this. Called upon to explore the jurisprudential twilight zone between two errant lines of precedent, we confront a frighteningly bizarre question: Does the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment forbid what its text plainly requires? Needless to say (except that this case obliges us to say it), the question answers itself.The Left increasingly must resort to the Orwellian as its client constituencies seek government favor. Thus, in a liberal state in the North that never had either slavery or Jim Crow, to adopt as a principle of the state's constitution that race ought not to be used to distinguish between citizens must be called "racism." It would be funny (as Scalia's formulation is funny), if it were not (as Scalia also notes) so frightening.