Apparently the graduates of the 196 other ABA accredited law schools other than Harvard, Columbia or Yale didn't get the "right education" to acquire "God-given potential" to serve on the nation's top court.
Reaching for a way to impact judicial nominations while in the minority, Democrats during the Bush administration agreed upon a strategy of fighting Bush's nominees based upon ideology as opposed to qualifications.
Republicans obviously want to recreate the William McKinley-era Supreme Court, which presided over the most corporate-tilting era in American history, and which resolutely defended the right of corporations to be free from regulation.
Conservative commentators have persuaded the public that conservative judges apply the law, whereas liberal judges make up the law. These are appealing but wholly disingenuous descriptions of what judges actually do.
As the nation contemplates Justice Stevens' impending retirement and its implications, all Americans concerned about the daily tragedy of American gun violence should pause to recognize their debt of gratitude to him.