Supreme power

Understanding why Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the US Supreme Court was such a big deal, and will be so impactful.

By SHMUEL ROSNER
October 17, 2018 20:21
At the end of the day, it all comes down to politics. And accordingly, the public does not have much

At the end of the day, it all comes down to politics. And accordingly, the public does not have much sympathy for the US Supreme Court. (photo credit: TNS)

 
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Now that his appointment made it through the firestorm, it’s instructive to note that Brett Kavanaugh will be the 14th US Supreme Court justice brought on board by a Republican president since the late 1960s: Richard Nixon appointed four, Gerald Ford one, Ronald Reagan three, George H.W. Bush two, George W. Bush two, and Trump two.

In that 50-year period, there were only three Democratic presidents, who appointed a total of four judges. Jimmy Carter didn’t appoint any, Bill Clinton appointed two and Barack Obama also two. This is the seemingly obvious and natural answer to the question of why the US Supreme Court is made up of judges who lean toward the Right.

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