Chief Justice Roy Ashland : Holmes, Oliver Wendell. Marshall. John or Thurgood, either one. I want Brandeis, Blackmun, Douglas. But you can't get them, can you? Because it's all compromises, now. The ones who have no record of scholarship, no body of opinions, nothing you can hold them to. That's who they'll confirm. Raging mediocrities. I have good days and bad. But on my worst days, I am better than the amped-up ambulance chasers you could get confirmed by this Senate. You can't do it, Jed. You're not strong enough. The Speaker's running the table, and I can't take a chance.