“In 2018, just after announcing his retirement, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has been at the ideological center of the court for most of his 30-year tenure, met with a group of reporters. Was he worried that some of the precedents he helped set — abortion rights and LGBT rights, for example — might now be in jeopardy? No, he replied. He was convinced that constitutional rights, once established, would stand.” NPR reports.
“It only took four years and the addition of another Trump appointee to the Supreme Court to prove him wrong.
Five thirty eight: “The data underscores that the court is deeply polarized along partisan lines — perhaps more than ever. There have always been ideological divisions among the judges, and they have often pitted liberals against conservatives, but these divisions have not been consistently linked to the party appointing the judges.”