Brett Kavanaugh

The myth of 'originalism'

The myth of 'originalism'

In “5 things to know about Supreme Court nominee Judge Kavanaugh” (July 10), Ann Marimow evokes the term “originalism” — an expression that conservative judges reflexively tout as fundamental to their approach to court rulings. However, claims of orginalism and its cousin textualism are self-delusions at best and spurious and disingenuous at worst; there’s simply no such thing. That is, no such assertions of purity of thought and absence of partisanship hold up. And attempts to channel the framers of our Constitution and the words of the many follow-on laws, no...

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