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Supreme Decision

Many liberals want President Obama's coming Supreme Court nominee to be in the mold of Justice William J. Brennan Jr. But today's court may not be a place for a consensus builder.

Liberals want President Obama to find a progressive nominee for the Supreme Court who is “an intellectual giant, and also passionate, persuasive, and politically savvy enough to build consensus and outfox the court’s conservatives” — someone not unlike Justice William J. Brennan Jr., who retired from the court in 1990. But the modern day Supreme Court may not be a hospitable place for a consensus builder in Brennan’s mold, writes Seth Stern.


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