I like how Ann Marimow’s good article about the, let’s call them, judges of the 5th Circuit concludes with a subtle mockery of their pretensions about being embattled outsiders:
Legal experts said Oldham’s opinion, joined by Jones, diverged from court precedent. The ruling also split with a fellow Trump appointee on the 11th Circuit who blocked a similar law in Florida. Tech industry trade groups have asked the Supreme Court to resolve the conflicting opinions.
Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law in Houston and close observer of the 5th Circuit, said the Trump appointees are “not going to sit and wait for the percolation that might happen otherwise” when they disagree with past rulings.
“They are more aggressive and willing to follow the law as they see it and let the chips fall where they may,” Blackman said. “They don’t care about being invited to elite parties in Georgetown.”
At least some of the new additions appeared quite comfortable in conservative circles in Washington, however, as they gathered for the Federalist Society’s annual convention at the Mayflower Hotel in November.
Ho, Oldham and Duncan — in addition to Jones — led panels of academics and advocates and mixed with fellow conservatives in the hallways, where lawyers debated Oldham’s social media opinion.
That evening, the conference moved to a crowded hall at Union Station, where guests were joined by all three of Trump’s choices for the high court — Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh — and gave Alito a standing ovation.
A few weeks later, Ho was in New Haven, Conn., to address a conservative student group at Yale. He credited the law schoolfor what he called a “course correction” in response to the outcry over cancel culture.
And he suggested he might not have to follow through on his planned boycott of the school’s students as law clerks after all.
These judges can’t be bothered to follow so-called “legal precedents” because THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT GEORGETOWN COCKTAIL PARTIES! The Federalist Society meets in totally different venues!
From Alito on down, these are the sorest winners in the world.