Despite what the Bill Kristols of the world might argue, there are legitimate reasons to screen out Supreme Court candidates. Race and sex are not among them.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE E choing a line that has been deployed widely since President Biden confirmed that he would screen by race and sex in his search for a new Supreme Court justice, the Bulwark’s Bill Kristol took to Twitter last week to offer up a nonsensical conflation of ideas. “I say this as someone who would prefer no prior public limitation by race or gender of the field of possible Court nominees,” Kristol wrote, but “what about Trump limiting his picks to a list produced by the Federalist Society?”

What, indeed?

In making this comparison, Kristol is showing that he badly misunderstands the objection to


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