HL 8 – Roman Hruska – Hopelessly Liberal’s Person of the Year

In March 1970, Roman Hruska of Nebraska, the then ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, rose to defend President Nixon’s nomination of Judge G. Harold Carswell to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, infamously saying: “Even if he were mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers.  They are entitled to a little representation, aren’t they, and a little chance.  We can’t have all, Brandeises, Frankfurters, and Cardozos.” Carswell had bigger problems, was withdrawn and Hruska became the laughing stock.  His defense and celebration of mediocrity sadly dominated and defined the balance of his career and were featured in every obit 29 years later. Today it’s clear that Hruska was no dummy and understood the deep yearning of [...]