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I doubt that affirmative action will be particularly self-defeating for democrats with respect to the courts. If it was really true that it made a huge difference having someone with a 160 IQ (or whatever measure of legal brilliance u want that's normally distributed) was such a huge advantage over 150 then you'd expect the right to be in deep trouble bc they are drawing from such a smaller population of law grads.

Seems more like it matters but there are diminishing returns and as this is really only relevant at SCOTUS (at appealeate lvl what maximizes your personal reputation will often not achieve policy ends bc it draws a SCOTUS smackdown) I think that they'll be plenty able to find smart enough ppl for those few seats.

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