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Scalia Meets With Tea Party House Members

Publication Date: 
January 24, 2011
Los Angeles Times
David G. Savage and Kathleen B. Hennessey

Reacting to Justice Scalia's meeting with Tea Party House members, Professor Michael W. McConnell speaks with the Los Angeles Times about the Supreme Court and party association. David G. Savage and Kathleen B. Hennessey report:

The Supreme Court could cast the final vote on whether President Obama's liberal aims or the Republicans' conservative goals stand as the law, and, at least to some eyes, several justices have already signaled whose side they are on.

Justice Antonin Scalia spoke Monday afternoon at a closed-door meeting organized by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and the House Tea Party caucus. In 2009, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas organized a tea-party group called Liberty Central, which urged conservatives to fight for the repeal of "Obamacare."


"That would be very unfortunate," said Stanford Law Professor Michael McConnell. "Anything that accentuates there are Democratic or Republican justices is not good for the court. It would be fine if none of them went, or all of them went. But if only the Democratic appointees go, it would look like the court is divided and partisan."