Justices like to say they are not influenced by politics. This court should recognize that the conservative majority exists due to power politics.
- Neil Gorsuch is on the court because Senate Republicans blocked an Obama nomination
- Brett Kavanaugh replaced the justice who helped craft the ruling upholding abortion rights
- Amy Coney Barrett is on the court because Senate Republicans ignored the standard set in Obama’s term
Supreme Court justices are fond of claiming that their decisions are not influenced by politics.
Conservatives, in particular, insist that only the Constitution (originalism) and laws (textualism) truly matter. Justices across the ideological spectrum also pay heed to precedent, usually when it suits their cause.