The prospect of a 49-year-old precedent recognizing abortion rights being overturned or seriously undercut later this year, combined with the imminent vacancy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s seat, is putting intense political focus on the nation’s high court as the 2022 campaign season kicks into gear.
Amid that backdrop, Gov. Ron DeSantis will address a gathering of the Federalist Society in Orlando Friday in a “fireside chat” format with Kayleigh McEnany, ex-spokeswoman for former President Donald Trump.
The Federalist Society is the conservative legal organization that helped vet and recommend Trump’s three picks for the U.S. Supreme Court — Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch will also address the conference later in the evening.
Former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody are also scheduled to speak at the event. Gorsuch’s speech will be closed to the press.
DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw said she didn’t have details on his remarks, but “as a conservative legal and public policy group, (the Federalist Society) seeks to promote individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. I think it’s safe to assume the conversation would touch on these themes and their applications.”
DeSantis is familiar with the Federalist Society, having been a member of the organization when he attended Harvard Law School. He also has given speeches to the group before, including two in 2019, his first year in office. The first came in February of that year, a little over a month after taking office, and the other in November.
In both speeches he recounted his process of selecting three justices for the Florida Supreme Court, something he was able to do thanks to the constitutionally required retirements of three liberal justices. Those picks helped flip the 4-3 liberal majority to a 6-1 conservative court. DeSantis also praised his picks and spoke of the need for judges with a conservative outlook, who won’t “rewrite laws.”
“When judges think they can solve national controversies with some fluffy opinion? No, that doesn’t work,” DeSantis said in the February 2019 speech. “The judges we have on the court right now understand the role of the court — it’s important but it’s limited.”
A similar transition on the U.S. Supreme Court took place in recent years, as Trump was able to name three justices to the bench, flipping the balance of that court from a 5-4 liberal majority to 6-3 in favor of conservatives.
Breyer, the longest-serving member of the liberal bloc of the bench, last month announced his intention to retire this summer. President Joe Biden has said he intends to nominate a replacement by the end of February.
The new balance of the court has enthused conservative groups hopeful of overturning long-standing precedents.
For example, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, the seminal case enshrining the right to abortion. Justices heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health in December, with conservative justices signaling they could significantly chop away at the abortion right protections in Roe v. Wade. A decision is expected later this year.
A panel hosted during the Federalist Society meeting on Saturday is named “The End of Roe v. Wade? Abortion in the Courts from Planned Parenthood v. Casey to Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.”
Other landmark decisions could be tinkered with by the conservative court. Gorsuch recently signed an opinion urging his colleagues to reassess New York Times v. Sullivan, a 1964 ruling that determined a person must act with “actual malice” for a public figure to win damages in a libel lawsuit against a publication. “Actual malice” is a higher threshold than simple negligence, the standard for libel suits from non-public figures.
February 4, 2022 at 8:49 am
Will the media be allowed to attend?
February 4, 2022 at 12:32 pm
Not after we eat them!!!!
February 4, 2022 at 9:23 am
Glad America’s Governor is highlighting opportunities to share wisdom and expound on how Florida is the example on economic liberty, judicial restraint and citizen freedoms. Presenting to groups who are visiting Florida and sharing philosophy, wisdom and examples is brilliant.
His direct leadership on schools, jobs, opportunity, environment, judiciary and other examples have propelled him into the top leadership position for conservatives and GOP.
America’s Governor stands above all the rest on both sides of aisle. His ideas and examples are providing energy. He is the whiz kid Gov. His Covid efforts are now used as example for open non tyrannical blue states lockdowns.
He leads Biden by 8 pts in Florida. Crist and Fraud by 6 and 11 pts respectively. DeSantis is the real deal. Dems are jealous and worried and it’s wonderful.
February 4, 2022 at 12:31 pm
I want to have your babies!!!! Then eat them!!!! In front of you!!!!
February 5, 2022 at 7:09 pm
Lol people cant pay rent or mortgages in this state. People sleep in cars . $8 jobs in this state. Ron Disasters look more like Fidel Castro .
February 4, 2022 at 1:25 pm
I thought your comment was sarcasm and waited for the ” /s” at the end. Such gushing.
Gov. DeSantis wish for private army to be used in elections and most likely against peaceful protesters was a line crossed . His rant calling neo-Nazi demonstrators “Democrats” was a lie., I wish he and his cult leader would consider providing evidence when they accuse protesters who use historical hate symbols are just masked political opponents.
DeSantis does not have the mental strength and control required of a governor. And he is not a governor who serves all Floridians.
February 4, 2022 at 6:25 pm
Lynda, DeSantis is America’s Gov.
DeSantis will win re-election easily and will run for POTUS, if Trump does not. He’s a great new leader and offers a bright future. His policies are for all Floridians, even Manchurian Dems like yourself. Your extremism is apparent. He’s expanded public education opportunity with scholarships for minorities. He’s kept schools open first. Jobs, companies and businesses are thriving and were kept open overall. His environmental policy is a A. He policies support all people,. We have great judges nominated, His leadership is thoughtful, reasonable and reflects Florida’s center right paradigm.
Stop living In The liberal bubble with Rachel Maddow.
America’s Gov, lovely courageous wife, beautiful children and good family values is not just right for Florida but America. Enjoy!
February 5, 2022 at 7:12 pm
He will win in FL because many stupd people. But he will never win in the states he need to be president. I will take Trump over Ron Disasters any time. Grwat judges lol. Right wing crazy judges.
February 5, 2022 at 12:31 pm
The left routinely uses false flags. They did it on Jan 6th. They did it in the Governor’s race in Virginia. It’s expected to happen in Florida because the left wing has a track record of using the race card, especially when they are losing. And they are being creamed in Florida. So they are desperate to change the narrative. They can’t win on COVID restrictions. They can’t win on taxes. They can’t win on the economy. So all they got left is to make the election about race. That’s their only play. We know it’s coming.
Take note that whenever the left is losing an argument, they pull the race card. They start accusing their opponents of being racist in a desperate attempt to change the narrative. The liberals in Canada’s government is trying to employ this right now with the Trucker Protest trying to paint the protesters as racist. Because the left has lost the debate and are desperate to change the narrative. So they are trying to make it about race.
February 6, 2022 at 7:24 pm
They also like to go on bombing campaigns.
February 4, 2022 at 6:54 pm
Hardly, he’s been fabulous.
He refused to lockdown and be like the tyrant blue states Govs.
Florida’s schools education, economy, jobs and business people, families, moms and dads are elated with him. Quality of life is greet and Florida’s future us great cause of Gov.
He wins easily, and if 45 does not run he had a 55% to 60% chance of nomination and likely would win general. He’s defeating Biden, crispy, fraud already and he’d run circles round incompetents giggles Harris snd mayor Pete. Who you for GIllium or Hillary LOL.
Btw, the private army is a lie In which Dums and media engage in regularly. 23 states have a state guard. Stop! America’s Gov is the best!
February 4, 2022 at 9:47 pm
I would not contribute to the RNC now. I was a member of its exec committee , chairman of the Fla GOP . These are 2 legitimately elected republican members of Congress. One whose father was VP for 8 years; the other an active member of our military. – Al Cardenas
Emails we obtained today suggest that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is in regular contact with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
In a June 2021, Ginni Thomas said DeSantis should be familiar with her because “my husband has been in contact with him”
DeSantis is going to go through some things!
February 4, 2022 at 11:23 pm
Nail, nobody wants you to be involved.
Cheney made a deal with the devil lady Pelosi and the scum Schiff.
Her father Dick Cheney and daughter can’t have enough war and maim U S soldiers. We don’t want them. Kinzinger has lost his mind and Liz Cheney acts like tough ass want a be.
Kinzinger has no future. Liz Cheney will likely lose. BTW, you fool it’s not against the law to talk to a spouse and or a Supreme Ct Justice. You are really a conspiracy theorist.
America’s Gov spoke at federalist society this evening. Is that bad? He’s speaking at CPAC in two weeks. He spoke last week at common sense society. It’s dangerous that his emails or messages get released to the public. America’s Governor is the best! He will be re-elected Gov and run for President if former 45 does not.
February 6, 2022 at 5:27 pm
Why is dangerous if DeSantis’s emails or messages are release to the public? He is not involved with national defense or security.
February 4, 2022 at 9:50 pm
Considering that the RNC is censuring Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger but not Matt Gaetz, we can conclude that, for Republicans, being a pedophile is a lesser offense than being a principled conservative.
February 5, 2022 at 12:36 am
You idiot fool, Gaetz has not been indicted let alone convicted. Cheney & Kinzinger should be removed from the Repub. conference in House. They are a disgrace to all. Your Dummycrats gerrymandered Adam’s seat out. He’s done in by the partisan Dems. I know you are shocked. Serves him right.
Cheney is a disgrace but she will be defeated. When you make a deal with the devil, you become like the devil. Liz and Adam know that now.
February 5, 2022 at 8:58 am
Everything you wright Nail is garbage.
The Cheney’s are political garbage.
If you support Cheney’s you support endless war, maiming of U S personnel. You are a disgusting person. You make outlandish lies and false stories. Pathetic. You make ugly accusations, last week you says the Governor was paid by Regeneron. Total lie, no truth. You made more ugly lies. You are scum.
Cardenas is a has been RINO. DeSantis is America’s Governor and is leading conservative movement and GOP. Florida’s freedom example is a powerful weapon and story, DeSantis stood up to all tyrants and won and is riding a wave to re elect and WH in 24.
You are a liar Nail.
February 5, 2022 at 7:51 am
Liz Cheney has received more donations in Dec 2021 and Jan 2022 than any other ex GQP. Bush had a fundraiser for Cheney in December and she brought in 3 million from that alone. She has the following . She will prevail, where the ex GQP cannot.
trump was made to look like the fool and traitor he is by Pence yesterday. His cult following base are falling off. As those are the same cult members of DeSantis, he has been preaching to, he will not survive this. Like trump, he choose the wrong side. Either you are for the country, voters and law and order or you are not. DeSantis chose not to be.
Ronna Romney (yes that is her name but trump made her change it) the RNC leader? has decided to support a insurrection and the attempted coup of trump. This information makse the party null and void.
DeSantis has sent red hatted ppl to change the voting status of Democrats. Not only targeting condos in Miami but all over the state. DeSantis has been touting that the ex GQP has surpassed the Democrats for the past few months, now we know why. The reporter who uncovered the Miami Condo residents voter changes found over 5,000 in the Miami area. Now more are showing up in northern Fl. The FBI has been called in to investigate since DeSantis and the less than useless AG Moody have declined to investigate.
February 5, 2022 at 8:46 am
The rest of what you Scribble nail is political garbage above.
You engage in conspiracies, false stories, and conjecture to create lying story book narratives.
Cheney is a joke, her father had to get a heart transplant to be human. They can’t gift enough ears and main u s personnel. Biden us a joke SV’s everyone knows that’. Everyone is abandoning the Dems and Biden. Military families yelled at Biden over their soldiers being killed in Afghan. He talked bout beau, embarrassing.
DeSantis is America’s Gov. he wipes the floor with Dums and rinos like you.
He is the leader of the conservative movement and GOP.
You are a loser. Enjoy your fake lies conspiracies.
February 5, 2022 at 7:18 pm
Ron Disaster is not America governor. He is the florifa swamp governor. If you think he can win PA , MI you are dreaming. He only go to foxnews. He scare to other news outlets. He support the nazis in Orlando.
February 5, 2022 at 7:57 pm
Dummycrats like you joey are afraid of him, crapping in pants daily. DeSantis is America’s Gov. His freedom example is overwhelming the public with praise and appreciation. He’s leading in Florida vs Biden, Crisp and Fraud. He would defeat Biden or Harris nationally too.
Florida is the hope example for America. After the Dums tyrannical rule across the county in non red states. Of course he’d win IA, PA, Ohio, MI. and WI. No problem, common sense plays well in Midwest.
Florida is the freedom example and America’s Gov leads it. Who you got Joey? Cuomo, Whitmer? LMAO.
February 5, 2022 at 8:39 am
Liz Cheney is not on the side of the people of Wyoming. She will lose.
February 5, 2022 at 9:51 am
The Cheney’s can’t have enough wars and maim enough brave U S soldiers. Endless wars is their motto with RINOS support like you. Biden talks about Beau. The service men’s families from Afghanistan yelled at him, told him to be quiet.
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