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Political Science
POLI 2327

12/3/13 Lecture 24 • Current context = conservatism o Begins in the 1960s • Nixon famously cared and ran on the constitution o Platform of law and order and strict constructionism  Appointed republican judges • Not systematic about doing that • Hardcore conservatives who cared about abortion rights and other issues decided that it wasn’t going to work o Came up with conservative movement agenda for the constitution  Person who took this the furthest = Ronald Reagan • Key figures: o Edwin Meese  Came up with checklist of what a real conservative would do as a judge • Started emphasizing that a real conservative would be called an “originalist” o Someone who believes that constitution should be interpreted according to how the people who framed it did • “Old originalism” o The objective is to restrain judges and fight against activist judges  Problem with activist judges – role of judge is to follow the law, not make it up • Opposition that Meese drew was between law vs. politics • Started attacking judges and Meese started taking on the practice of “judicial supremacy” o Idea that Supreme court is the final arbiter of the meaning of the Constitution  Cooper v. Aaron • Aggressive program • Set up the Federalist Society o Student club set up to promote the understanding and discussion of originalism  Would provide money for speakers to come in and speak  Careful to do things like bring in liberal speakers to debate • One of the key debates was between Meese and Brennan between originalism and living constitutionalism  When republican administration came to Washington, it became almost required that you were a member of the Federalist society • If you wanted to be a judge you had to have participated in the society as a law student o Started vetting people for their loyalty for a c
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