|Justice Anthony Kennedy|
|[Front: Ginsberg, Kennedy, Roberts, Thomas, Breyer, back Kagan, Alito, Sotomayer, Gorsuch]|
I’ve often blogged (see below) about how Justice Anthony Kennedy is the most important judge in the entire world because he sits on the highest court in the most important country, and on that court there are four confirmed liberals (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayer) and four confirmed conservatives (Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch). Kennedy himself is the swing vote in almost all the cases where these two forces will disagree, sometimes siding with the liberals (gay marriage) and sometimes with the conservatives (Hobby Lobby can have religious views even though it is a corporation, and Citizens United, also a corporation, is a person with the first amendment right of free speech, allowing it to flood the country with money for political advertising and have a Godzilla effect on elections).
|Kennedy, with Ginsberg (asleep at State|
of the Union Address)
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