Tag: SCOTUS; SUPREME COURT; American Politics

This week on Hubwonk, host Joe Selvaggi talks with Ilya Shapiro, constitutional scholar, author, and senior fellow of Constitutional Studies at the Manhattan Institute, about the changing makeup of the court, and how this term’s most high-profile decisions reveal the judicial philosophies that comprise the current bench.


A Supreme Week While Atlas Shrugs


Supreme Court watchers love this time of year. At least two times (Monday and Thursday) a week towards the end of June, as it wraps up business and adjourns until early October, justices issue the final flurry of decisions. Last week, SCOTUS announced three major decisions involving First (religious expression) and Second Amendment rights. The final decision, on Friday, humbly restored the rule of law and returned the matter of abortion back to the states, where it resided before Roe v. Wade. And the “body autonomy” crowd – “my body, my choice” – is providing to be as inaccurate in their characterizations as they are hysterical. None appear to have actually read the decision.

If only they felt about Covid vaccines as they do terminating unborn human lives.

The Politics of Impeachment: Watching High Stakes Poker


Normal Americans not consumed with politics may understandably be confused about what’s happening with the impeachment of now-former President Donald Trump. Allow me to share with you the political machinations likely driving what is, or is not, transpiring.

First, the January 6th breach of the Capitol by a hundred or so extremists opened a political opportunity for Democrats – not just to blame President Trump for “inciting” violence, but to drive a wedge between establishment Republicans and Trump supporters. They rightly figured that House and Senate Republicans, among others, would recoil at the violence and damage done to the Capitol.

They were correct. And they responded with a hurried, even “emergency” impeachment of President Trump. No hearings, no investigation, no Judiciary Committee vote, no due process of any kind. And it passed on a largely party-line vote, with 10 Republicans joining in. Establishment Republicans, including reputed New York Times “conservative” columnist Bret Stephens, praised House Conference Lynn Cheney and 9 of her colleagues for their “courage.”

Yay for Justice Barrett’s Confirmation! But It Exposed a Major Senate “Fail.”


Conservatives like me, and most notably conservative women and working moms everywhere, have every reason to cheer Judge – now Justice – Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the US Supreme Court. Those of us who adhere to the traditional role of our judicial system under our brilliant Constitution cheer loudest.

But for me, as a former Senate official who loves and reveres Senate tradition, this is bittersweet.