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September 16, 2018
What happens when Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves the Supreme Court?
With the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh over, perhaps now is a good time to look at the recent history of appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court with an eye to the future. Start with Neil Gorsuch, now an associate justice. Gorsuch was nominated by President Donald Trump to succeed Antonin Scalia, and he took the oath of office in April 2017. The Democrats kicked up a storm at Gorsuch's confirmation hearings, but it was relatively mild, given the highly polarized political environment of the time. He was confirmed 54-45. The reason for this is that Gorsuch was replacing Scalia, a conservative giant on the Court. Yes, the Democrats were smarting from the masterful maneuvering by Mitch McConnell to prevent Barack Hussein Obama from appointing Scalia's successor, but they could remain semi-civil during the confirmation process because Gorsuch did...(Read Full Post)