President Obama announced yesterday his nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. If confirmed, Kagan would be the third woman and the third Jew — the highest number ever of either group — to sit in the high court. She would also become the court's fourth New Yorker. And for the first time in history, there would be no Protestant justice.
But how much do all of these diversity numbers matter? What attribute is most important for a Supreme Court justice?
Jeff Shesol describes FDR’s battle with the Supreme Court. Beginning in 1935, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority made a series of decisions that devastated much of FDR’s agenda.