Whatever voters think of Republican presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani now, to the late Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, he was a 5 out of 10. Blackmun made his private assessment of Giuliani in 1983 when the then-associate attorney general argued a minor case on the bank larceny law. But Giuliani shouldn't feel too bad about his grade. A political scientist who has studied the notes Blackmun took during oral arguments over his 24 years on the Court says the justice never gave a 9 or 10 ranking.
Giuliani's Grade at the Supreme Court
December 5, 2007