My fav example is how Shay Minton was nominated. Went to see Truman, and said “Harry, I’d like to be nominated.” “Shay, I’ll do just that”
That’s a good anecdote, and I didn’t know it —…
Here is the full anecdote.. Tumblr limited my response. Shay Minton and Harry Truman were close friends from Truman’s days in the Senate. His nomination was described by Justice Douglas: ”Minton walked into the White House to see Truman. “What can I do for you Shay?” “Harry, I want you to put me on the Supreme Court to fill that new vacancy?” “Shay, I’ll do just that.”
And thus, one of the least impressive justices of the post-war period was nominated.
Source: I do not remember where I got the quote. But probably from a judicial process text.