I really think the death penalty is too depressing to even think about. I don't agree with it that the state can show that sort of form of violence.Jerry advances the conversation in the conventional way:
What about abortion? Do you agree with that?Ricky gestures at the stock response:
Yeah, but that's different. Isn't it?And here's where Jerry almost does the critique of liberal legal analysis:
I guess you can just arrange things the way you like them... when you're rich, famous, like you.Notice how he had to catch himself and re-orient himself liberally with that when you're rich, famous. The rich must be the problem. They think they can arrange the rules to serve all their interests.
And then the final "like you" is a lifeline to Ricky, who catches it, saying, "Yeah. Unlike you, who's just a guy with an old car going along the highway, laughing maniacally 'cause someone's fear was they're about to die. I should have said 'Let's do it' when I got in this car."
And Jerry is laughing maniacally, clutching the death-trap's steering wheel in helpless hilarity. Scene over. Moving on the the coffee portion of the show.
Side note: All you Althouse blog readers who used to live in Pelham Parkway — check out the signage at 4:37.