The Nation: Nixon's Court: Its Making and Its Meaning

IN the new scale of Nixonian surprises, it registered only as a medium astonishment. Yet the President's nominations to fill the two vacant Supreme Court seats were delivered last week in a shrewd performance that left his critics, for the moment, in contortions of simultaneous dismay and relief.

For days a bitter storm had been rising over the evident mediocrity of the candidates the President was considering for the distinguished chairs of John Harlan and the late Hugo Black. As Nixon settled behind his desk in the...

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