How political is today’s Supreme Court?

The website FiveThirtyEight has described the high court as “the most conservative it’s been in 70 years.”

In purely political terms, a statistical analysis published in The Washington Post comes to the same bottom-line. The current 6-3 conservative majority on the court makes it “more conservative than the elected branches [House, Senate and presidency – all controlled by Democrats] to a degree not seen in 70 years.”

The out-of-balance scales of Supreme Court justice can be traced to the heavy hand of Senate Republicans. First, they prevented President Obama from putting a nominee on the court for nearly a year.

Those same Senate Republicans then quickly confirmed three justices named by President Trump. By the way, those Senate Republicans “represented fewer Americans than did the Democrats who were opposed,” David Von Drehle, a Post columnist, noted last week.

If there is any doubt about how politicized the court has become, well, listen to a Supreme Court Justice doing a public audition for a right-wing talk radio gig.

Serving up conservative grievance while bragging in the ‘I-Told-You-So,’ style of the late talk-radio king Rush Limbaugh, Justice Samuel Alito said he rightly predicted in a recent court dissent that opponents to gay marriage would be labeled “bigots.”

Alito even echoed right-wing complaints about Cancel Culture by saying free speech is “falling out of favor in some circles.” “That is just what is coming to pass,” Alito told the conservative Federalist Society last November, publicly criticizing his fellow justices’ decision to allow gay people to marry.

Alito had nothing to say about the damage done by years of denial of equal rights and ongoing bias against gay Americans.

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