The Supreme Court’s Anti-Democratic Feedback Loop

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Between the failure of the latest reprehensible attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and Roy Moore’s win in the Alabama Republican Senate primary, this has been a rough week for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. But this week also brought a reminder of one of his most important coups: preserving a Supreme Court vacancy for Donald Trump. 

On Thursday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, a case which will almost certainly gut public sector unions once it is decided. This will be a particularly stark example of the anti-democratic feedback loop that has allowed Republicans to maintain power despite a highly unpopular agenda, as unrepresentative institutions enable Republicans to make