This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on February 9, 2024.
Justices Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson were some of the most skeptical of arguments on Thursday put forth by Colorado voters seeking to keep Trump off the March 5 ballot.
While each raised different points during the historic special argument session, they shared a common desire to shape whatever opinion the court’s conservative majority is likely to produce in Trump’s favor. At bottom, the justices see where the court is headed, said Rakim Brooks, president of Alliance for Justice, a progressive judicial advocacy group.
“They recognize their colleagues are not likely to find that President Trump is disqualified and their job is to figure out what the narrowest ground on which they can rule,” he said.