This weekend, I attended the Centennial Institute of Colorado Christian University’s annual Western Conservative Summit in Denver. The red-eye flight on Saturday night to D.C. gave me plenty of time to sort my impressions before appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” the following day, during which host Jake Tapper went out of his way to over-allocate time to me — perhaps as a sort of welcome to an ambassador from fly-over land. Here’s what I reported to him:
1. While there is considerable division within conservatives generally and among Republican activists specifically on whether state legislatures and electorates ought to allow for same-sex marriage, there is near unanimity among all on the center-right that it was judicial imperialism to impose it by the majority vote of nine unelected justices, not one of whom, as Justice Scalia pointed out in his dissent, is an evangelical Protestant or even from other than an Ivy League background. Justice Kennedy would not be denied his “hero status,” even if his otherwise long-defended federalism jurisprudence had to be disfigured to accomplish his own song of self.
Same-sex marriage advocates lacked confidence in their ability to persuade, so they went the route of judicial diktat. Even as the issue fades from political debates, the manner of its deciding won’t. The Supreme Court and Hillary’s potential four appointees will be center stage from now until November 2016.