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Jun 16

The Myth of a Conservative Court and Why Liberals Peddle It

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Following President Obama’s unseemly attack on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC during this year’s State of the Union address, a chorus of liberals, including Obama’s press secretary, congressional Democrats, and a number of liberal activist organizations, have mimicked the claim that the Supreme Court is controlled by “conservative activists.” Is there any merit to this claim? Is “activism” just in the eye of the beholder, and thus, impervious to proof or refutation? Or is it a sign of liberal vulnerability to the charge of left-wing activism that they are trying to ascribe their activist ways to others? What is the political and legal significance of this coordinated liberal campaign to change the Court’s public image? Is the Left trying to hoodwink journalists into propagating a moral equivalency between different judges that does not exist? In sum, what are the stakes of this debate and what does each side have to win or lose? Our scholarly panel will address these and other important questions.

More About the Speakers

Todd Gaziano
Director, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

Manuel Miranda
Chairman,
Third Branch Conference

Hans von Spakovsky
Senior Legal Fellow,
The Heritage Foundation
and former FEC Commissioner

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Edwin Meese III Edwin Meese III

Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus Read More