The Nation: Nixon's Not So Supreme Court

WITH the death of Justice Hugo Black and the simultaneous retirement of Justice John Harlan, President Nixon had an unusual opportunity to redress the embarrassment of his two unsuccessful Supreme Court nominations— G. Harrold Carswell and Clement F. Haynsworth. Surely he must now avoid renewed humiliation by proposing Justices of impeccable credentials and unquestioned eminence. But last week, when the names of six potential appointees, including two women, were made known, Richard Nixon once again demonstrated his inability or unwillingness to nominate renowned jurists to the highest tribunal in the land.

That the President was opting for mediocrity and playing politics at...

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