With a shrewdly calculated innocence, Gorsuch told a big fat lie at his confirmation hearing, it was a lie everyone expected so nobody called it that. We now have an ideological judiciary. To pretend otherwise is naive and also recklessly irresponsible because it tries to wish away the real stakes in confirmation battles. The best scholarship shows a tight fit between the party of the appointing president & how a judge rules.'Party polarization now affects the behavior of judges, “reducing the likelihood that they will stray from the ideological positions that brought them to the court in the first place.” The reason Republicans wouldn’t allow moderate Garland make his case is that conservatives who regularly denounce “liberal judicial activism” now count on control of the Supreme Court to get results they could never achieve through the democratically elected branches of government.'