Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Activist Rankings for our Supreme Court

As you might expect, the truth is exactly the opposite of what the GOP contends - as per usual . . . (from KOS)

We found that justices vary widely in their inclination to strike down Congressional laws. Justice Clarence Thomas, appointed by President George H. W. Bush, was the most inclined, voting to invalidate 65.63 percent of those laws; Justice Stephen Breyer, appointed by President Bill Clinton, was the least, voting to invalidate 28.13 percent. The tally for all the justices appears below.

Thomas 65.63 %
Kennedy 64.06 %
Scalia 56.25 %
Rehnquist 46.88 %
O'Connor 46.77 %
Souter 42.19 %
Stevens 39.34 %
Ginsburg 39.06 %
Breyer 28.13 %

4 Thoughts:

Blogger Doug said...

Got a permanent link for that bee-otch? This links to DailyKOS's homepage.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Original NYT article here, but behind the TimesSelect Firewall. Brad DeLong has the relevant excerpt.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...


Tuesday, November 01, 2005 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

An interesting sidelight on the possibility of a filibuster mentioned over at DailyKos. I agree - really don't believe the Repubs will invoke the "nuclear" or "constitutional" option because its far from likely they'll be the majority for very long, at the rate their popularity is dropping.

That's why the filibuster (which Repubs had no problem threatening when Dems had majority) is still a viable option for Dems right now.

That, plus Dems clearly have the support of the country on protecting abortion rights.

So I say, lets do this filibuster and let the radical freaks nuke away. When we take over it'll be awesome to force "up or down" votes on solid liberal SCOTUS nominees.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 1:59:00 PM  

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