Anthony Kennedy: The Judge Who Never Left the Republican Party

When the Republican Party in 1980 nominated Ronald Reagan for president and Al D’Amato captured the Republican nomination for the New York Senate seat, I walked out.  Over the next forty years, prominent Republican members of the federal judiciary trod down the same path.  By the time they left the bench, Harry Blackmun, John Paul Stevens, David Souter and Richard Posner were no longer Republicans.  Sandra Day O’Connor in her last years on the bench did little to hide her disgust with Bush Administration and Republican politics.Anthony Kennedy never left the Republican Party.  He was a sound Republican when nominated by Ronald Reagan and as sound a Republican when he allowed Donald Trump to choose his replacement.  Kennedy never wavered in his commitments to constructing a constitutional politics that favored the GOP.  From Bush v. Gore (2000) in his early years on the Court to Shelby County v. Holder (2013) in his later years, Kennedy…

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