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Clarence Thomas, 20 Years Later

  Bill Bennett summed it up: Justice Clarence Thomas is “the greatest living American.” It sounds like friendly hyperbole. It isn’t. Since his confirmation to the Supreme Court, Justice Thomas’s first-principles originalism has ...

Conservatism and the Courts

Justice John Paul Stevens’s retirement announcement prompts a few thoughts.   First, it’s a reminder that Republican presidents (in the case of Stevens, Gerald Ford) have a pretty bad track record when ...

A Whole New Electoral World

Kathryn, you are right that Senate candidates like Lamontagne and Rubio would not prove to be Lindsey Grahams when it comes to Supreme Court nominees. I think this is a whole ...

Must Say No

Ovide Lamontagne, the conservative candidate in the primary race for Judd Gregg’s open seat in New Hampshire distinguishes himself from the “establishment” GOP candidate, Kelly Ayotte, who supported Sotomayor: “Justice Stevens ...

Sotomayor on the Job

Justice Sotomayor’s first vote on the Supreme Court yesterday was to stay the execution of an unquestionably guilty hitman that even Ohio’s Democratic governor wanted to go forward. (It did; ...

Senator Corker Opposing Sotomayor

U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee speaks as the voice of America and gets it exactly right, when he says he’s disappointed that after careful review and deliberation, he will ...

Gallup: Hispanic Support for Obama Falls

This Gallup report just out shows that President Obama’s approval rating among Hispanics (not to mention in general) actually went down following Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing.   From the week of ...

Yes, It’s Significant

I am seeing an incorrect spin being put on the Sotomayor vote by the media and others, who keep saying how she will be “easily confirmed,” she “may get as ...

6 of 7 GOP Committee Votes

It was a historic vote just now in the Senate Judiciary Committee; almost all Republicans voted against appointing Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. This is the end of Republican deference ...