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Merrick Garland?

Might President Obama nominate a white man and another Jew to the Supreme Court? Somehow, I don’t really think so.

Indeed, it is a little puzzling to me that no contributor to the NRO symposium considered the possibility that the nominee will be black — since surely the administration believes there is no “black” justice sitting on the Supreme Court today. The president’s buddy, Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, is probably too old (57), but there are many other candidates.

Just for starters, how about A.G. Eric Holder or Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick? Republicans would cower.

Abigail Thernstrom, an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, is the author of Voting Rights — and Wrongs: The Elusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections, which has just been published by the AEI Press. She is also the co-author, with Stephan Thernstrom, of America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible.

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