by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Democrats see ignorance as an opportunity. Why not take Americans’ empty brains and fill them with tales of a fictional Supreme Court led by right-wing extremists and corrupt Manchurian justices who exist only to do the bidding of big-money donors?
Granted, it is much easier to do battle with a Supreme Court that exists only in your head. Reading opinions takes a long time (yuck!) and requires formulating nuanced responses (ugh!).
But if the big-money donors are controlling conservatives, they are doing a bad job. If anything, the 2022–23 Supreme Court session saw a much more mixed bag of opinions than in past years. In fact, liberal justices Sotomayor and Ketanji Brown Jackson were more likely to be in the majority than conservative stalwarts like Thomas, Gorsuch, and Alito.
Over 47 percent of the Court’s cases were decided unanimously this term, up from only 28 percent in the previous term, suggesting more of an effort by liberals and conservatives to find consensus. Liberals actually found themselves in the majority in 64 percent of cases, much to the consternation of Republicans like Florida governor Ron DeSantis, who believed it was a sign of weakness in Donald Trump’s three appointees.
But never mind all that. Progressives, in full “it wasn’t over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor” mode, don’t let facts ruin a solid plotline. The liberal misinformation campaign plowed ahead last week as the final slate of rulings were handed down, with conservatives winning on all the big-ticket items.
That led progressive darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to laughably decry an “undemocratic and, frankly, dangerous authoritarian expansion of power” by the Court, just as the Supremes overturned an effort by President Joe Biden to unilaterally “forgive” (read: have taxpayers pay for) over $400 billion in student loans without any action from Congress — a body that counts AOC as a member.