Courting Controversy

As the Supreme Court's term draws to a close, a rightward shift seems clear. If liberals want that to change, they'll have to get the public on their side

Ever since Robert Bork was defeated in his 1987 bid for a seat on the Supreme Court, liberals have feared that the court would turn right on the issues they care most about. And this was the year their fears finally began to be vindicated. As the first full term with both Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito came to a close, it became increasingly clear that in the post--Sandra Day O'Connor era, the center of the court has shifted several degrees to the right. Both Alito and Anthony Kennedy, who has emerged as the new swing Justice, are more conservative...

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