Episode 2: If congress did its job, the Supreme Court would matter a whole lot less

Michael Schaus

Free to Offend Episode 2

After the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it seems that partisan political bickering has been cranked up to eleven—which is actually saying something, given that we weren’t humming along in relative harmony previously.

After the Kavanaugh hearings, America should prepare itself for more ugly and deeply partisan grandstanding as the Senate moves toward confirming President Donald Trump’s nominee for RBG’s empty seat on the Supreme Court.

But why, exactly have appointments to the high court become one of the most explosive features of our system of government?

Nevada Policy Communication Director Michael Schaus speaks with Cato’s Director of Constitutional Studies Ilya Shapiro about how—and when—the process of confirming new judges became such an ugly partisan process. Ilya’s new book, Supreme Disorder, takes readers inside the unknown history of controversial judicial nominations and explores reform proposals that could return sobriety to the nomination process.

Schaus also discusses the over-politicization of virtually everything in our lives—a consequence of lawmakers trying to fix every social problem under the sun while, simultaneously, delegating more and more controversial policy decisions to both the executive and judicial branches on a regular basis.

In that context, it’s no wonder each political tribe so fiercely fights to have “their guy” sitting on the nation’s highest court.

 

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Resources:

  1. The New Intolerant America
  2. Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America’s Highest Court
  3. @ishapiro

 


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Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus

Communications Director

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership. He is also currently a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute.

Prior to joining NPRI, Michael worked in media as a national columnist, a political humorist and a conservative talk show host in Denver, Colorado. Active in both print and radio, he shared his insights and free-market economics perspective with large local and national audiences.

Michael became interested in economic theory earlier in life while employed in the financial sector. As the liaison between a local community bank and the Federal Reserve, he acquired an in-depth understanding of just how manipulative big government can be toward industry and enterprise. It was that experience with big-government intervention that initially led him into public-affairs commentary.