Garrett Epps is legal affairs editor of the Washington Monthly. He has taught constitutional law at American University, the University of Baltimore, Boston College, Duke, and the University of Oregon. He is the author of American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution.
At Day Two of her hearings, the Supreme Court nominee was visibly wrestling with legal and ethical questions about recusal.
Instead, Democrats stuck to a quotidian but reality-based argument about how Trump’s nominee would scrap the Affordable Care Act.
The Supreme Court is political, divided, and not the honest referee the Chief Justice promised. Harold Pinter would recognize this play.
She respects precedent less than Antonin Scalia, meaning she’s ready to join Clarence Thomas and start taking a hammer to long standing decisions
The words she wrote and the deeds she performed are left behind as a gift to an uncertain future.