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I find the Supreme Court endlessly fascinating. Assuming we don’t move to the upside down (who knows, maybe we’re already there?), the next few months should be pretty interesting.

  • Some background on nominee Neil Gorsuch from Washington Post. Gorsuch is young—just 49—meaning he could be a justice for a long time.
  • Here’s a quick primer from FiveThirtyEight on where Neil Gorsuch rests on the liberal/conservative spectrum.
  • Here’s what it takes to confirm a Supreme Court nominee.
  • Whether you’re a Supreme Court novice or not, give a listen to RadioLab’s More Perfect mini series for some thoughtful explorations on cases that have appeared before the highest court in the land.
  • If you’re ready for the nerdy stuff, dig in on SCOTUS Blog or Slate’s Amicus podcast.
  • This really cool visualization from Axios shows the shifting ideology of the Supreme Court.

Obviously this is a stolen seat. Last year, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland and he was shut out by a Republican Congress who refused to even meet with him. It was small and petty, and a bullshit way to run a democratic government. Early takes on the Gorsuch nomination suggest that Democrats will avoid a fight for now in order to put all their weight against the second nominee, which could upset the balance of a blended Supreme Court. We’ll see.

Oh, and by the way, I sure miss the days when women at these events were more than just wifely props. Yeick.