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Surprise, surprise: Ronald Reagan was guilty of the same sort of "identity politics" that conservatives are accusing President Obama and Judge Sotomayor of practicing.
During the closing days of the 1980 presidential campaign, Reagan pledged to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court, saying one of the first openings "will be filled by the most qualified woman I can find…it is time for a woman to sit among our highest jurists."
Reagan also pledged to appoint women to lower federal courts "in an effort to bring about a better balance on the federal bench."
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