Supreme Ambition by Ruth Marcus PDF

Supreme Ambition by Ruth Marcus PDF

Download Supreme Ambition by Ruth Marcus PDF book free – From Supreme Ambition by Ruth Marcus PDF: The Republicans began plotting their takeover of the Supreme Court thirty years ago. Brett Kavanaugh set his sights on the court right out of law school. Washington Post journalist and legal expert Ruth Marcus goes behind the scenes to document the inside story of how their supreme ambition triumphed. Buy from Amazon

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Supreme Ambition by Ruth Marcus PDF

The Kavanaugh drama unfolded so fast in the summer of 2018 it seemed to come out of nowhere. With the power of the #MeToo movement behind her, a terrified but composed Christine Blasey Ford walked into a Senate hearing room to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault. This unleashed unprecedented fury from a Supreme Court nominee who accused Democrats of a “calculated and orchestrated political hit.” But behind this showdown was a much bigger one. Supreme Ambition by Ruth Marcus PDF

In Supreme AmbitionWashington Post journalist and legal expert Ruth Marcus goes behind the scenes to document the thirty-year mission by conservatives to win a majority on the Supreme Court and the lifelong ambition of Brett Kavanaugh to secure his place in that victory. In that sense, Marcus has delivered a master class in how Washington works and an unforgettable case study in supreme ambition.

The reporting in Supreme Ambition is also full of revealing and weighty headlines, as Marcus answers the most pressing questions surrounding this historical moment: How did Kavanaugh get the nomination? Was Blasey Ford’s testimony credible? What does his confirmation mean for the future of the court? Were the Democrats outgunned from the start? On the way, she uncovers secret White House meetings, intense lobbying efforts, private confrontations on Capitol Hill, and lives forever upended on both coasts.

Supreme Ambition is a page-turner that traces how Brett Kavanaugh deftly maneuvered to become the nominee; how he quashed resistance from Republicans who worried he was too squishy on conservative issues and from a president reluctant to reward a George W. Bush loyalist. It shows a Republican party that had concluded Kavanaugh was too big to fail, with senators and the FBI ignoring potentially devastating evidence against him. And it paints a picture of Democratic leaders unwilling to engage in the no-holds-barred partisan warfare that might have defeated the nominee.Supreme Ambition by Ruth Marcus PDF

In the tradition of The Brethren and The Power BrokerSupreme Ambition is the definitive account of a pivotal moment in modern history, one that was thirty years in the making and that will shape the judicial system of America for generations to come.

Details About Supreme Ambition by Ruth Marcus PDF

  • Name: Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover
  • Authors: Ruth Marcus
  • Publish Date: December 3, 2019
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Legislatives, Political Parties, United States
  • Format: PDF
  • Size: 6 MB
  • Pages: 496
  • ISBN: 1982123869

Editorial Reviews

Review – Supreme Ambition by Ruth Marcus PDF

“Fast-paced, fair-minded, and news-making, Ruth Marcus’s Supreme Ambition goes behind the scenes with all sides in the confirmation battle over Brett Kavanaugh and tells a revealing tale about judges, justice, and the future of the Supreme Court.”
— Jeffrey Toobin, New York Times bestselling author of The Nine and American Heiress

“Ruth Marcus’s Supreme Ambition is at once an electrifying account of a flawed judicial nomination and a revealing study of morally corrupt Republicans, and at times politically inept Democrats, in a dysfunctional U.S. Senate.”
— David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Barack Obama: The Story and First in His Class

“Shrewd, fair, and surprising, both a morality play and a political knife fight, this tale explains how we got here, and challenges us to think about how to adapt our institutions to forces that threaten them.”
— Nancy Gibbs, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Presidents Club 

“Very tough but fair-minded, a wise history. Clearly the best of the Kavanaugh books.”
— Bob Woodward, New York Times bestselling author of Fear: Trump in the White House

Review – Supreme Ambition by Ruth Marcus PDF

There were many issues in the 2016 Presidential election, but perhaps the most important was over control of the United States Supreme Court. Both sides had reason to count on the results of the election to determine who would be nominated to the high court after the death of Antonin Scalia a few months previous. President Obama had nominated liberal Merrick Garland to the seat but his nomination was held up in the Republican-controlled Senate. Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell, was able to postpone the vote til after the November election. “It’s the Supreme Court”, said both Democrats and Republicans in talking about the crucial issues in the coming election. At stake were both Scalia’s seat AND any upcoming open seats. Supreme Ambition by Ruth Marcus PDF

The election was won by Trump and the Republicans. In fact, not only did they control the White House, they retained both houses of Congress. Neal Gorsuch, a strong, steady Conservative voice was confirmed to replace Scalia. A conservative replaced a conservative, well, that wasn’t as bad as it could have been; it was the next replacement choice that was the killer, as far as liberals and Democrats were concerned. It was the selection and confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, a US circuit judge on the US court of Appeals, that dominated the news in the summer and fall of 2016. It is the subject of Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus’ excellent book, “Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover”.

Brett Kavanaugh had been working towards a seat on the Supreme Court most of his life. He attended the right universities and clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose seat he too after Kennedy resigned in the summer of 2016. But Kavanaugh had another thing going for him. He had been included on the Federalist Society’s all-important list of “preapproved” potential Supreme Court justices. The people on the list thought the “right” way for the president who had promised to only appoint Conservative judges. Supreme Ambition by Ruth Marcus PDF

Marcus’s book goes into the stories behind the stories; the facts behind the facts. Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct and several very brave women testified in public about his actions as a teenager. Has there ever been a teenager who liked beer more than Brett Kavanaugh? Between the talk about beer and the calendars Kavanaugh produced to show he was too busy drinking to assault anyone, the Senate hearings were an odd mixture of grotesqueness and shame that our own government had descended into “Brett Kavanaugh country”.

Ruth Marcus has written a compulsively readable book about the whole sorry Kavanaugh-mess. You don’t need to be a lawyer to read and enjoy her book.

About the Author

Ruth Marcus, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and deputy editor of the editorial page, has covered every major institution in Washington, including the Supreme Court, the White House, and Congress, and has written about judicial confirmation battles stretching back to Robert Bork in 1987. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary in 2007. You might also like The sellout by Paul Beatty


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