The quiet intellectual push behind conservatives' court coup

Strengthening conservative thought in legal academia has really paid off

If a conservative justice joins the Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia would be proud.
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If President Trump succeeds in replacing retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy with a stalwart conservative, thus creating a mostly-solid five-vote bloc on the Court, it will represent the culmination of a multi-decade effort by the conservative movement to reshape the American judiciary.

At a time when conservatives fret about the country slipping away from them, they should ponder this achievement and what lessons they can take from it.

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