Friday, October 04, 2019
The Supreme Court's legitimacy rests in large part on the perception it is a nonpartisan institution, but Kavanaugh joined the bench engulfed in a toxic cloud of political rancor. In the year after the ugly confirmation hearing, the justices mostly kept their heads down, ducking many controversial cases for no apparent reason. They decided only two bona fide blockbusters, throwing partisan gerrymandering claims out of federal court and blocking the census citizenship question. Meanwhile, they dodged cases about Dreamers, abortion, religious freedom, and discrimination, effectively deciding not to decide.
Guns, immigration, executive power, police brutality, criminal justice, race discrimination, church-state separation, LGBTQ rights"what other issue could the Supreme Court possibly take on to make this term more incendiary? Ah, yes: abortion, of course!
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