Supreme Ambition

Ruth Marcus
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Reception: 
6 pm
Program: 
6:30 pm
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The fiercely partisan, #MeToo-punctuated battle that preceded Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court still reverberates. In her new book Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover, The Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus sheds light on the episode and the bigger mission behind it: fulfillment of a 30-year quest by conservatives to win a majority on the court.

Marcus, a syndicated columnist for The Post and deputy editor of its editorial page, traces how Kavanaugh maneuvered to become the nominee and quash any conservative resistance. She depicts a Republican Party that saw his appointment as too big to fail, despite potentially devastating sexual assault evidence against him. And she notes the unwillingness of Democratic leaders to wage the kind of no-holds-barred fight that might have derailed it.

The outcome figures to shape our judicial system for generations to come.