Justice David Souter, named to the bench by the elder President Bush in 1990, is stepping down, giving President Obama his first opportunity to fill a seat on the highest court in the land. When President Bush named Souter two decades ago, everyone assumed he’d be a reliable conservative. Instead, he became a solid liberal and his story is, in microcosm, an important part of the transformation of American politics in the past twenty years.

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