“Seated toward the back of the hearing room [for now Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch], Leonard Leo smiled. ‘There’s one sound bite,’ he whispered to me, then added, ‘You know, the hearings matter so much less than they once did. We have the tools now to do all the research. We know everything they’ve written. We know what they’ve said. There are no surprises.’ Gorsuch had committed no real gaffes, caused no blowups, and barely made any news — which was just how Leo had hoped the hearings would unfold. Leo has for many years been the executive vice-president of the Federalist Society, a nationwide organization of conservative lawyers, based in Washington. Leo served, in effect, as Trump’s subcontractor on the selection of Gorsuch, who was confirmed by a vote of 54–45, last week, after Republicans changed the Senate rules to forbid the use of filibusters. Leo’s role in the nomination capped a period of extraordinary influence for him and for the Federalist Society. During the Administration of George W. Bush, Leo also played a crucial part in the nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito. Now that Gorsuch has been confirmed, Leo is responsible, to a considerable extent, for a third of the Supreme Court. Leo, who is fifty-one, has neither held government office nor taught in a law school. He has written little and has given few speeches. He is not, technically speaking, even a lobbyist. Leo is, rather, a convener and a networker, and he has met and cultivated almost every important Republican lawyer in more than a generation.”

Fuck Leonard Leo and The Federalist Society!!! This organization is largely responsible for the evisceration of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. They must be abolished!!!

Source: Full-Court Press. The New Yorker. April 10, 2017. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/17/the-conservative-pipeline-to-the-supreme-court


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