We used to list Ian Millhiser as Vox’s Supreme Court reporter, but that’s not in his bio anymore; in its place, he’s listed as the author of “The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court is Reshaping America” — so you can sort of guess from that where his politics are.
As Twitchy reported earlier, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh smacked down the NCAA today in his opinion. As ESPN’s Dan Murphy simply puts it, “The decision allows schools to provide their athletes with unlimited compensation as long as it is some way connected to their education.” It was a unanimous 9-0 decision, and as we pointed out, Progressive Policy Institute Senior Fellow Will Wilkinson wondered if we were getting such a mix of cross-partisan decisions because the threat of packing the court looms over the justices.
Millhiser had another thought — maybe this was just the conservatives’ way of sticking it to liberal universities. Remember, this guy wrote a book about the influence of Republicans on SCOTUS.
To what extent do we think that today's NCAA decision from SCOTUS was unanimous against the NCAA because conservatives now view "sticking it to liberal universities" as a more important conservative goal than "shrinking antitrust law?"
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) June 21, 2021
— Dainon Jensen (@duckinfantry) June 21, 2021
This is the dumbest tweet I've read all day.
— Shane Rider 🇺🇸 (@shaneriderMA) June 21, 2021
— Thomas Adams (@Thomas_Adams85) June 21, 2021
Are you getting dumber, or has it always been like this for you?
— schmeez (@schmeez_) June 21, 2021
Only people with broken brains like you would think this
— Alex Goldstein (@agoldst23) June 21, 2021
Watching Millhiser try to square his dogmatic worldview with stubborn reality is always hilarious. https://t.co/jficJNxa89
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) June 21, 2021
“Tell me you don’t actually understand anything about the judicial philosophies of various right-leaning Justices without actually telling me you don’t understand their judicial philosophies.
— AG (@AGHamilton29) June 21, 2021
Millhiser’s gonna Millhiser.
— Johnny V. Melton (@RinoLivesMatter) June 21, 2021
Millhiser is a bad legal takes machine. Probably a half dozen times in 2021 alone I have read just a paragraph of a legal piece and thought, "You've got to be kidding me…" only to look at the byline and see it's just another terrible Millhiser piece.
— JF (@jfoy20) June 21, 2021
You're going overboard to try and read something into this that is not there. This case has an obviously right side and wrong side, and no politicking can really change that. The court made the right decision and the obvious decision.
— Dave Robbins (@DavidDRobbins) June 21, 2021
Honestly I got the vibe that this was a case where there is just an obviously right side and wrong side, and no politicking can really change the idea that college athletes are getting ripped off
— Ben Gross (@bengrossbg) June 21, 2021
Banal take on a 9-0 case that rightfully puts the NCAA in their place. But please, continue to look gift horses in the mouth, and find clouds in every silver lining.
— Vlad3060 🇨🇺🇺🇸 (@vlad3060) June 21, 2021
I haven’t read the entire decision and I wonder how one could discern such a fact?
— traveljunkie59 (@traveljunkie59) June 21, 2021
The majority of supreme court decisions are boring unanimous technical decisions. You should drink a nice beer before doing scotus analysis, chill a bit
— Pseudo-Voegelin (@speedyk84265704) June 21, 2021
Here’s a thought: maybe the Supreme Court is the only branch of government functioning as it’s supposed to at the moment:
Interesting the many decisions where all 3 liberals & 3-plus of the conservatives have joined. Often narrow rulings to get super-majority decisions. Looks like SCOTUS is trying hard to show it's functioning despite a broken Congress, damaged presidency & country breaking apart.
— woodman (@woodman267) June 21, 2021
Huh? Will Wilkinson attributes 'interesting mix of cross-partisan SCOTUS decisions' to the effectiveness of 'court packing threats' https://t.co/X059ikIoKi
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 21, 2021