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Conservative majority on the Supreme Court? Not so fast

April 7, 2019

  When Donald Trump first nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court there were concerned voices out there on the right warning that this nominee was not the conservative he was being touted as. Brett Kavanaugh is weak on privacy and other issues, and he was the establishment pick.

  Unfortunately the false accusations came along and with it a critical analysis of his positions was dropped as conservatives rallied around the nominee and came to his defense. These accusations unified the support on the right for Brett Kavanaugh and feeling the need to defend him at all costs, understandably, because of the nature of the attacks against him any concerns about how the nominee would rule was forgotten.

  Now, according to this article, it looks as if those concerns are coming true. Here is more:

Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s newest member, Brett Kavanaugh, have voted in tandem on nearly every case that’s come before them since Kavanaugh joined the court in October. They’ve been more likely to side with the court’s liberal justices than its other conservatives.

The two justices, both alumni of the same District of Columbia-based federal appeals court, have split publicly only once in 25 official decisions. Their partnership has extended, though less reliably, to orders the court has issued on abortion funding, immigration and the death penalty in the six months since Kavanaugh’s bitter Senate confirmation battle ended in a 50-48 vote.

Roberts and Kavanaugh have obvious reasons for their reluctance to join the court’s three other conservatives in ideological harmony. The chief justice has voiced concern about the court being viewed as just another political branch of government. Kavanaugh, a former top White House official under President George W. Bush who was accused of a 1980s sexual assault during his confirmation, may just be laying low.

Whatever their reasons, the chief justice and the newest justice together have provided ballast for a court in transition. Following Kavanaugh’s replacement of retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, Roberts has become the court’s swing vote, and Kavanaugh often appears to be his wingman.

  Chief Justice John Roberts has already become a major disappointment during his time on the Supreme Court and it looks as if Brett Kavanaugh is taking the same path.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. MaddMedic permalink
    April 7, 2019 10:00 pm

    Is disappointing..

    Liked by 1 person

  2. April 10, 2019 8:33 am

    I saw the bit on Fox that they are now best buds… swell…

    Liked by 1 person

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