I'm afraid you don't know what you are talking about. I will concede that my initial comment was my own personal opinion and not an absolute truth. Given that admission, I have substance on my side. Tribe's American Constitutional Law is the seminal treatise on constitutional law in this country. I guarantee you that any lawyer at any firm or in the government who has a constitutional question staring them in the face, will not hesitate to turn there -- usually before other sources. Doesn't matter if those lawyers and judges are liberal, conservative or mauve. I will also guarantee you that conservative judges and lawyers around the country will agree that Tribe is one of THE top constitutional experts alive today -- even if they wouldn't agree that he is the most "brilliant" as I initially opined. I can't imagine that there is a brilliant mind on any subject that doesn't lean left or right. I'm happy to concede that Scalia is right up near the teeny weeny pinnacle of brilliant constitutional scholars. I don't agree with him on many issues but that doesn't mean I can't recognize his gifts without dismissing him as a partisan hack.