The Precedent

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May 21 2008 8:30 PM

The Precedent

With all this talk of the possibility of Hillary Clinton on the Supreme Court, I'm surprised no one has mentioned the most obvious precedent for it. Not so long ago, a former U.S. senator and a loyal Democrat was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Like Hillary, he was born in the Midwest and had studied law at Yale.  Like Hillary, he had been considered a rising Senate star. Like Hillary, he was widely admired for his interpersonal skills.

That justice was, of course, Sherman Minton . (Crickets chirping...)

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