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Sunday, July 24, 2005

CONCEPTUAL CLARITY: Washington Post columnist Colbert King uses about 700 words to convey this high-level, sophisticated, complex, out-of-the box epiphany: If Democrats want to influence the selection of Supreme Court nominees, they'll need to start winning more (or stop losing so many) U.S. Senate races. What evidence does King cite for this extraorindary hypothesis? His research revealed that senators get to confirm justices! Way to go, Colbert. We look forward to future hard-hitting, counterintuitive articles: "More people go swimming outdoors during heat waves than during ice storms" and "According to many astronomers, the big vast space that starts above the trees is called sky." Maybe I'm being too hard on King. Possibly the Democrats actually need to be reminded that their influence in selecting Supreme Court candidates is directly related to their capacity to persuade the American people that they can be trusted with political power.