The battle over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is only the most recent—if perhaps one of the more disturbing—examples of how important control of the law has become in the ongoing, never-quite-dead culture wars. In a sense, the merits of this particular candidate did not matter much. Liberals and progressives were going to oppose any pick for the Court—remember the left-wing group that accidentally issued a prewritten opposition to Trump’s pick with the name of the candidate blank? The opposition was so...


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