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Political Ideology in the U.S. Supreme Court: Undercutting the Court’s Legitimacy

Thursday, October 6, 2016 15:09
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As the U.S. Supreme Court began its 2016 term with eight justices, the Court stood “at the threshold of an ideological transformation unmatched in nearly a half century.”[1]Not since 1968, when Richard Nixon was elected U.S. President, had such an opportunity presented itself. Nixon’s four nominations ended the liberal majority begun by Franklin Roosevelt’s eight.[2]The conservative majority begun with Nixon’s nominations was up for grabs with the 2016 presidential election. I submit that the legitimacy of the ideological dimension itself dwarfs the matter of which ideology is dominant on the Court.




[1]Richard Wolf, “Court at Brink of Transformation,” USA Today, September 30 – October 2, 2016.
[2]Ibid.

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