De-Politicizing the Supreme Court

Before everyone on both sides of the political fence starts gearing up for potential fights over judicial appointments, it might be useful to remember that the political stakes are really not as high as people might think. I’d like to make a pitch that the political line-up of the Court is almost always less important than the intellectual and moral caliber of the individual justices, but to prove that, I first have to give a run-down on the political composition of the current Supreme Court, just to show that it is not going to change that much no matter whom President Obama appoints to fill the upcoming vacancy created by Justice Souter’s announced retirement.

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