Magazine May 1, 2017, Issue

The Gorsuch Triumph

(Roman Genn)
And how to repeat it

Thanks to the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as a justice, the Supreme Court will now once again have a relatively solid conservative bloc of four. It will be capable of making law when Justice Anthony Kennedy joins it. That’s roughly as much strength as conservatives have had on the bench since the Warren Court. And it puts conservatives only one vote shy of their first majority in modern times.

Two men, above all, are responsible for this achievement. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell made it possible by announcing, the day that Justice Antonin Scalia died, that the Senate would not take …

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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