Last Tuesday, I spoke with a reporter from the Texas Standard, a program that airs on public radio affiliates across the Lone Star State, about the effect of the election on the Supreme Court. At the time, my comments were exclusively about what would happen if Clinton was elected. In the intervening eight days, the Cubs won the World Series, my law school changed its name again, and Donald Trump won the White House! What a week!
For reasons I cannot begin to fathom, the segment wasn’t aired until the day after election day. As a result, my comments were mostly obsolete. At least she managed to include one quote I gave:
Most parts of a president’s legacy are pretty murky. If you’re trying to identify an administration’s long-term effect on the economy or the environment, well, good luck. But the Supreme Court is a different story. Josh Blackman is a professor at Houston College of Law.
“Can you think of much of what Ronald Reagan did that has an impact today? Maybe yes, maybe no,” Blackman says. “But Anthony Kennedy? Major impact. Antonin Scalia, until recently? Major impact. Much that Bill Clinton did that’s relevant today? Not much. Ginsburg and Breyer? Major impact.”
My colleague, Rocky Rhodes had far more substantive comments. Enjoy!