Wednesday, November 6, 2013
In his post below, Eugene K. responds to Geoffrey Stone’s latest reason why the conservative Justices are terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Justices. According to Stone, the conservatives are intellectually weak political hacks, with the evidence being the party affiliation of the President who nominated the circuit court judges that their clerks worked before before clerking on the Supremes this Term. Conservative Justices hired clerks who had worked for GOP-nominated circuit judges 90% of the time, while liberal Justices hired clerks who had worked for Dem-appointed circuit judges only 56% of the time. Thus the liberal Justices are open-minded and the conservatives are small-minded and ideologically driven.