06/12/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Supreme Court: Does It Matter Who's the Next Justice?

There are two kinds of Americans: those who care fervently about the Supreme Court and those who care, mostly, not a whit at all about it. The first is a small minority, disproportionately represented in the media; the second is pretty much everyone else.

The first joins both the right and left in their abiding obsession with American government and with each other and continues to reflect, beyond any reasonable time frame, the passions of the 1960s. The second group is not only thoroughly post-sixties (a good many of this group were born a full generation after the sixties), but, in a sense, post-politics.

Anyway, once again, and for most people inexplicably (and with a profound shrug), the Supreme Court, and what relative non-entity gets a job on it, will obsess the first group--and the media people in it--during the many months it will take to replace Justice Stevens.

The first group ought to consider the feelings of the second group.

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