Buried in the New York Times today was Supreme Court doyenne Linda Greenhouse's slapdown of ABC News reporter Jan Crawford Greenburg.
As detailed in this blog and other places, Greenburg's been making the rounds, pushing her insider tome on the high court. It's given her a bit of a celebrity vibe among the set that covers the Court.
Greenhouse apparently wanted to show that there still a lesson or two to teach. In the Times today, she took to task Greenburg's recent blog item on the health of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which we dutifully relayed here. (If there's anything we are, we're dutiful.) Greenburg wrote that it took Ginsburg 15-20 seconds to leave the Supreme Court room after a recent argument, sparking a new round of speculation on another vacancy on the Court. Turns out, Greenhouse wrote, that Ginsburg had just taken her shoes off and was trying to get them back on.
In other words, Greenhouse was basically saying, sometimes we don't have to go all Politburo in decoding the Court. Sometimes it's just about not wanting to walk out of the room in your stocking feet.
UPDATE: Jan Greenburg responds on her ABC News blog and in a very genteel (read: Southern) way.