A fascinating look at how the Court changes over time
Alex Lundy has created a fascinating look at how the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court has changed over time. Using Martin-Quinn scores (based on judges’ voting patterns), he presents a picture (found here) of how seats on the Court have varied over time and how individual justices have changed over time.
Some interesting pieces:
- Antonin Scalia is not the most conservative member of the Court. Clarence Thomas is.
- John Paul Stevens is the most liberal member of the Court.
- There is significant ideological movement over time for individual justices. They tend to become less ideologically pure or more ideologically pure over time. Of late, the trend is to become less ideologically pure.
- New justices tend to be more ideologically extreme than the justices they replace.
[Hat tip to Monkey Cage]