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Cheryl’s post below uses the phrase “the Republican Supreme Court,” when discussing how the Republican Supreme Court is going to overturn the Biden administration’s attempt to use OSHA regulations to mandate vaccinations for employees of larger firms, on the basis of the ancient legal principle that heads Republicans win/tails Democrats lose.

It struck me that to the best of my recollection I had never seen this simple yet obviously apt phrase. So I did a little checking in the Nexis news data base.

For comparison purposes, since the beginning of last year, the phrase “the Democratic Congress” appears in 969 separate news items.

Over the same period, the phrase “the Republican Supreme Court” appears in a total of eight. Four of these are letters to the editor in small town newspapers. Three were in posts on blogs. One was in a news story discussing the Republican judicial primary in Pennsylvania, i.e., it wasn’t a reference to the SCOTUS at all.

The phrase “the Republican Supreme Court,” in reference to the current composition of the United States Supreme Court, was not used even once in an English-language news story in the 2021 calendar year.

Meanwhile:

 Chief Justice John Roberts earns the highest job approval rating of 11 U.S. leaders rated in a Dec. 1-16 Gallup poll with 60% approving of how he is handling his role. . .

Roberts is the only one of the leaders rated this year who receives majority approval from Republicans (57%) and Democrats (55%) in addition to political independents (64%). Most of the other leaders are viewed positively by two-thirds or more of one party versus less than a quarter of the other.

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