Interpreting constitutional law is becoming an increasingly complex and important role in politics. Obamacare, abortion and gerrymandering congressional districts are all impacted by the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court. In an increasingly polarized political climate, constitutional law expert Lee Strang provides a unique perspective as a conservative-leaning legal scholar. Strang, the author of the often cited work The Most Faithful Originalist?: Justice Thomas, Justice Scalia, and the Future of Originalism, argues Justice Scalia was the best originalist.
“At some point in the mid to late 70s, pro-life people recognized that they were in for the long haul,” Strang says. “Instead of trying to overturn Roe at least immediately, they tried to incrementally undermine Roe through the judicial appointment process and then through state and federal statutory restrictions on abortion.”
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“I do think that politics is certainly playing a role in the time it takes to nominate and confirm judges today, more than it ever has. If federal judges do all the things that they now do, like make decisions on issues such as abortion and [school] busing, then people of different political views are going to care a lot about the views of the judges.”
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