The GOP’s Plan to Rule the Courts Until 2050

Mitch McConnell says his top goal as Senate leader is to remake the judiciary, a higher priority even than tax reform. He’s off to a terrifying start. Terrifying that is, if you’re not a conservative Republican. Trump judges are getting rushed through the confirmation process at a record pace, and they’re super conservative on cultural issues, and mostly young. A lifetime appointment for someone in his or her thirties or forties is a gift that keeps on giving for three or four decades. Brett Talley, a 36-year-old prolific blogger who has never tried a case, is the poster child for Trump’s conservative youth movement. Currently a deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department, he has been active on social media, expressing strongly partisan views about Hillary “Rotten” Clinton, and pledging fealty “financially, politically and intellectually” to the National Rifle Association a month after 20 children were gunned down in Newtown, Connecticut.