Magazine October 29, 2018, Issue

The Week

(Roman Genn)

Complete text of Justice Kavanaugh’s first Supreme Court opinion: “I won.”

Some partisans dismayed by Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation have turned their anger on the Senate itself, in which California (pop. over 39 million) is equal to Wyoming (pop. under 590,000). The advantage Republicans enjoy thanks to these constitutionally mandated disparities is real, though Democrats dominate many small states too (Vermont, Delaware, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Hawaii). The relative inconsequence of large-state voters in senatorial elections is, however, deliberate. State equality in the Senate was a political necessity in 1787: Small states would not have accepted the new Constitution without

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