Alito and Geography:

I suspect others have pointed this out already, but it strikes me as odd that, with political power in this country moving inexorably towards the “Sunbelt” states, the Supreme Court looks like it’s getting more and more Rust Belt-ish. If Alito is confirmed, by my count that will leave only one sitting Justice — Kennedy — from any place west of the Mississippi River. Particularly ironic given outgoing Justice O’Connor’s writings on the subject and her views of the importance of the “western” perspective.

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