Do you remember compatibility tests you'd do in junior high or high school to see which of your classmates you were best suited to be your significant other? Yeah, the Washington Post took that idea and applied it to the Supreme Court.
The Post made an interactive chart looking at which judges agreed most often, which judge asked the most questions, and which judge was most often a part of the majority. The most compatible justices are Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, who agree with each other 89 percent of the time. Scalia's also the most inquisitive judge, asking an average of 23.8 questions during an argument. Sonia Sotomayor is a close second with an average of 21.3 questions. The populist judge, ie the one most often part of the majority, in 2012 was... wait for it... John Roberts. Who would have expected that?
Please, go and click around the Post's chart. It's interactive, spiffy and it'll make you smarter while you wait for your hot dogs to barbecue.
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