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Supreme Court Justices Really Do Follow the Election Returns

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 October 2004

Forrest Maltzman
George Washington University
Lee Sigelman
George Washington University
Paul J. Wahlbeck
George Washington University


More than a century has passed since the fictional Mr. Dooley declared in his rich Irish brogue that “The Soopreme Court follows the illiction returns,” but until now no hard evidence has existed of just how fixated the Court is on presidential elections [but see Flemming and Wood 1997; Mishler and Sheehan 1993]. Fortunately, now we have proof positive, which we serendipitously unearthed from its resting place in the Library of Congress, where it was entombed deep in the personal papers of Justice Harry Blackmun.

© 2004 by the American Political Science Association

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