But for me, a person who remembers the days of "Impeach Earl Warren", it's fun to look toback over history. Liberals today are more tightly grouped than in the last 50 years. But look at the outliers over time. Justice Thomas is one, but the real outlier is Justice Douglas. The metrics used run from -6 to +4 with minus being liberal and plus being conservative. So, during the years shown (1937-2015) the outliers are:
- Douglas (-6) (eyeballed) who wanders ever more "liberal" until the end
- Rehnquist (-4.5) who's most conservative in 1975 but grows more and more moderate, particularly after becoming chief.
- Marshall (-4.3) who becomes more liberal
- Brennan (I think) (-3.9) who becomes more liberal
- Thomas (+3.5) who's pretty consistent, a bit more moderate in recent years
- Scalia (+3.5) who's amazingly changeable, starting off at +1.2, going to +3.5 in 2000 and back to +2
[updated--the reason for the title of the post--Justice Douglas was talented, but he became seriously odd in his later years.)