This Graph Shows Just How Conservative Kavanaugh Is


Kavanaugh is “extraordinarily conservative.”

But where does he stack up ideologically compared to other Supreme Court justices? If confirmed, he’d be one of the most conservative on the bench.

Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, would have the second most conservative score (0.693) on the bench if confirmed, next to Justice Clarence Thomas (0.725), per a measure that scores judges on a liberal-conservative spectrum.

Why it matters: Kennedy often sided with the liberal wing of the court, so with this choice, Trump is cementing a solid conservative majority on the bench.

How to read the chart: An analysis by political scientists Lee Epstein, Andrew D. Martin, and Kevin Quinn places judges on an ideological spectrum called the “Judicial Common Space.” Conservative justices receive scores from 0 to 1, liberal justices from –1 to 0. (Axios)

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