Ilya Shapiro: Should Supreme Court Justices Rule Along Party Lines?


On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Ilya Shapiro joined host Ben Domenech to discuss the meaning and impact of the recent term of Supreme Court decisions. Shapiro serves as the Director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute, and he recently published his new book, “Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America’s Highest Court.

Shapiro observed that Chief Justice John Roberts is trying to push back against the idea that all supreme court justices must vote along their own party lines. Roberts thinks that by acting strategically, he is legitimizing the court in many people’s eyes. Shapiro argued, however, this tactic has garnered little respect for Roberts.

“He’s trying to be a stickler. He’s trying to have it every which way,” Shapiro said. “But we’re seeing increasingly that what he’s doing is to try to defy people’s expectations, to defy the narrative that we have 5 R’s [republicans] and 4 D’s [democrats] and that’s the way the court is…”

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