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Eastland on Reagan’s judicial legacy

This is a nice piece. The conclusion:

Judge Roberts represents precisely the kind of nominee you’d expect from the president of the party shaped by Mr. Reagan.


Notably, Mr. Reagan appointed to the High Court lawyers (Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy) less conservative than the young lawyers who worked for him at Justice and in the White House. But if Mr. Reagan did not have available to him a John Roberts to put on the court, a Reagan legacy is surely the pool of distinguished lawyers of conservative views who served him and in some cases as well his immediate predecessor and who are now of sufficient age to be considered for the Supreme Court.


Which is to say: There are more lawyers like John Roberts. That prospect is not exactly a happy one for Senate Democrats – all 44 of them.

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