Tag Archives: SCOTUS


Kavanaugh Hearings an ‘Intergalactic Freakshow’

“I’m fairly confident that our founding fathers did not intend the process to work this way. So far it’s pretty much been an intergalactic freak show.”

— Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), quoted by The Hill, on the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh.


Public Support for Kavannagh Lowest Since Bork in ’87


A new CNN poll finds Brett Kavanaugh receives a cooler public reception than nearly every Supreme Court nominee for the last four administrations. “Women are a driving force behind the tepid response, with fewer than three in 10 saying Kavanaugh ought to be confirmed.
… Overall, 37% of Americans say they’d like to see the Senate vote in favor of his confirmation. Kavanaugh’s support is the lowest in polling dating back to Robert Bork’s nomination by President Ronald Reagan in 1987.”

News & Comment

Kavanaugh’s Judicial Ideological Score


‘Roe v. Wade Is Doomed’

“Abortion will be illegal in a significant part of the United States in 18 months. There is just no doubt about that… Roe v. Wade is doomed.”

— Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, explaining on CNN the ramifications of President Trump picking a new Supreme Court Justice.


Senate Democrats Reach Filibuster Threshold


Senate Democrats “appeared to secure the votes necessary to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, sending the body hurtling toward a bitter partisan confrontation later this week,” the New York Times reports.


Americans: Supreme Court Is Important, We just Can’t Name Them


A new new C-SPAN/PSB poll finds that while 90% of Americans believe that the Supreme Court has a big impact on their daily lives, just 43% could name at least a single justice. No one surveyed could name Justice Stephen Breyer.

Poetic Justice

Who’s Got the Button?

Go nuclear!” said the Trump to McConnell,
If his SCOTUS choice the Democrats do throttle.
With bravado and bluster —
Poof! No more filibuster!
Let’s just hope Trump doesn’t lead by example.

Poetic Justice

Gorsuch? Not Much.

Following a weekend of travel-ban outrage,
Trump tried to make us feel somewhat encouraged.
But liberals can’t expect much
From conservative Neil Gorsuch,
Though he promised “Impartiality and independence, collegiality and courage.”


An Appropriate Honor for Antonin Scalia

Gawker: “Last week, George Mason University announced that its law school would be renamed, at the request of an anonymous donor who gave $20 million to the program, after the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia: the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University—ASS Law. (Or ASSoL.)”

The New York Times says the school will now be renamed again to The Antonin Scalia Law School.


Americans Don’t Trust GOP Candidates to Appoint SCOTUS Justice


Of American voters trust Sen. Ted Cruz to nominate the new Supreme Court justice (57% don’t), only 31% trust Donald Trump to (62% don’t), and just 26% trust Marco Rubio to (61% don’t), according to a new Public Policy Polling survey. The poll also found that the public feels Taylor Swift is just as qualified as Donald Trump to make a court appointment.