Not you too Lyle
On Sunday, Erin Chemerinsky called the Justices “partisan hacks.” I was not particularly surprised that Chemerinsky expressed that sentiment. Academics on the left have long contemptuously viewed the Roberts Court as this right-wing juggernaut, even as it consistently disappoints conservatives. Still, the phrase “partisan hacks” elevated the rhetorical criticism to a new level. Later on Sunday, I was surprised to see Lyle Denniston’s new column, titled What is the Supreme Court worried about? Lyle, regrettably, lines up with Erwin.
First, Lyle suggests that Justices Breyer, Barrett, and Thomas coordinated their remarks this week to rebut any sense the Court has become politicized:
It is becoming increasingly clear that, inside the Supreme Court, some of the Justices are growing worried about the institution’s public reputation. But what may be most worrisome to them is how that might translate into structural change, imposed on the Court f
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