Scalia and Ginsburg

During Ginsburg’s confirmation hearings in 1993, senators asked about her bond with Scalia. Democrats seemed to fear that he might influence her.

Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., prefaced his questions by repeating a well-known story of the day: As President Clinton was considering various liberals for the court, one of Scalia’s law clerks asked him whether he would rather be stranded on a desert island with Harvard University law professor Lawrence Tribe or former New York governor Mario Cuomo.

Scalia responded, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

Kohl asked Ginsburg whether she similarly would like to be stranded with Scalia and, more important, whether she shared his views.

"I can say one thing about Justice Scalia," Ginsburg replied. "He is one of the few people in the world who can make me laugh, and I appreciate him for that."