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Unseemly Talk


Jay Nordlinger is right: there was something extremely off-putting about a sitting president, in an ostensibly serious speech, mentioning the party affiliation of the past presidents who had appointed most of the current justices of the Supreme Court.  This only encourages the dangerous idea–which comes true all too often but which a president should always discourage, in speech and in deed–that the Supreme Court is “just another political institution.”

This is, alas, what academics who study the Supreme Court mostly believe, with no regrets among the majority of them.  And Obama is a creature of academe more than any president since Woodrow Wilson.


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