From a piece
("Cronyism and the Court") in today's Chicago Tribune by Geoffrey R. Stone, a professor of law at the University of Chicago and an editor of the Supreme Court Review for more than ten years:
When President Richard Nixon, no fan of the Supreme Court, nominated the forgettable G. Harrold Carswell 35 years ago, Nebraska Sen. Roman Hruska defended the nomination with an unforgettable bit of wisdom: "Even if he is mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers," Hruska declared. "They are entitled to a little representation, aren't they, and a little chance? We can't have all Brandeises and Cardozos and Frankfurters and stuff like that there."