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If President Joe Biden's search for a nominee to the Supreme Court could be summed up by a Help Wanted ad it might read: "Seeking a well-respected liberal jurist. Black. Female. Seniors need not apply." The reality for the nation's oldest president is that for this lifetime appointment, youth is particularly prized. The math is simple. The younger Biden's nominee, the longer she is likely to serve as a justice. The longer she serves as a justice, the longer liberals can expect to hold a seat on the court, now dominated 6-3 by conservatives.
Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham say it'd be good if the person named to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer doesn't have an Ivy League degree. The bipartisan message from the South Carolina lawmakers aligns with the background of a South Carolina judge they've praised as a good candidate for the seat. Eight of the court's nine current members attended law school at Harvard or Yale. President Joe Biden has pledged to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. Clyburn says Biden should be concerned about the court's lack of educational diversity, too. Graham tells CBS "It's OK" to get your law degree at a public university.