Breyer, Kagan, and the fading of 20th-century American Jewish meritocracy

The latest SCOTUS exit symbolizes the declining prominence of a certain kind of American Jew

The Supreme Court.
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Justice Steven Breyer's retirement from the Supreme Court is a perfect Washington story: It's fascinating to the small number of people who follow politics closely and makes little difference to anyone else.

Breyer, who was nominated by a Democratic president, will be replaced by another justice nominated by a Democratic president, who in turn will be a reliable vote for liberal positions on most issues (perhaps with a few signature idiosyncrasies). Unless you're a devoted court watcher, there's not much to see here.

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