The Supreme Court: Repairing the Damage

Not since the Cival War has a Supreme Court seat been vacant for so long. Not since the fight over Louis Brandeis in 1916 has a court nomination stirred up so destructive a dispute as that produced by the unsuccessful Carswell and Haynsworth nominations. With an almost palpable sense of relief, the Senate is set to begin the repair process this week by consenting — cheerfully — to the appointment of Federal Circuit Judge Harry Blackmun to the place vacated by Abe Fortas' forced resig nation twelve months ago.

Without a dissenting vote...

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