Yea, they are. So are Kagan and Scalia now. And O'Connor was great friends with Scalia too. I actually admire Scalia quite a bit...in some issues he (IMO) abandons his strict interpretations but on the whole, I feel he is the most consistent of the justices and even though I'm a huge liberal on social issues, I do think his philosophy is right. If no one has voted for something, it's up to the people to change it, not the courts. Because people think judicial activism can only go one way, but as recent decisions have shown (DNA swabbing, etc), it can also often go the other way and take rights away. The constitution provides for a very strict set of constraints on the government - and those should be adhered to extremely closely.
Plus, his dissents are usually brilliant and hilarious (I recommend the book 'Scalia Dissents' very highly, by the way).