Magazine November 12, 2018, Issue

New Judicial Opinions

(Roman Genn)
The battle over the Supreme Court has the Left rethinking the judiciary

Liberals are having second thoughts about judicial power. For decades, they celebrated the role of the federal courts in advancing progress over the objections of hidebound, self-interested, or reactionary majorities. The liberal legal theorist Ronald Dworkin wrote that the Supreme Court “calls some issues from the battleground of power politics to the forum of principle” — an account of the constitutional division of power that, while foreign to any Founding-era political thought, reflected widespread liberal assumptions.

The confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh is changing those assumptions. The Supreme Court now appears to have a fairly solid conservative majority. It is the

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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