CONFIRMED: The Supreme Court is Becoming MORE LIBERAL

The Obamacare decision may have been enough to convince you that the U.S. Supreme Court has become more liberal, same thing with their ruling on gay marriage.

A new article from Five Thirty Eight suggests it might have something to do with their age:

Supreme Court Justices Get More Liberal As They Get Older

There’s an old saw, often mistakenly attributed to Winston Churchill, that goes something like this: “If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative when you’re 35, you have no brain.” A person should start left and drift right, and not the other way around, the adage suggests.1

But when it comes to Supreme Court justices, growing older appears to incite a trend in the opposite ideological direction. One prominent measure of judicial ideology — the Martin-Quinn score — illustrates this tendency. These scores, as DW-Nominate does for legislators, use the justices’ votes to quantify their position on a left-right spectrum. A more negative score means a justice is further left; a more positive score means she’s further right. The scores are based on data from the Supreme Court Database and are calculated back to 1937.

In the chart below, each series of connected points represents the career of one justice. The bold lines are the results of a simple linear regression for Republican-appointed or Democrat-appointed justices.2 Red indicates a justice nominated by a Republican president, blue a justice tapped by a Democrat.

This is just one more reminder of why we need to elect a Republican president in 2016.



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