[Ed. – The Times manages to keep the historic acknowledgment brief, but if that’s not enough to mollify disgruntled readers, the author follows up in the next paragraph with another more palatable historical factoid about the Kavanaugh confirmation.]
A day after the bitter fight over his nomination ended in his elevation to the Supreme Court, Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh was in his new chambers on Sunday, preparing for the arguments the court is to hear as it enters the second week of its term.
His supporters hope he can settle into the court’s work, demonstrate that he is an able judge and put accusations of sexual misconduct and questions about his temperament behind him. His critics say the court may never fully recover from a confirmation process marked by raw anger and partisan polarization.
Justice Kavanaugh met with his four law clerks, all women — a first for the Supreme Court — in chambers that had until recently been occupied by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., who has moved to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s old chambers. [Emphasis added]
It was Justice Kennedy’s retirement that set off a fierce battle for his seat, one that concluded on Saturday with a 50-to-48 Senate vote to confirm Justice Kavanaugh — the tightest margin for a successful nomination since 1881.