The last time a Minnesota DFL Governor was able to appoint a State Supreme Court Justice, the Cold War was still officially underway. Bill Clinton was an obscure Governor of a small state, a quixotic wannabe instead of an accomplished elder statesman. Arnold Schwartzenegger was a cartoon character in The Terminator 2, instead of a disgraced former Governor. In fact, 1991 was so long ago that the Twins actually won a World Series that year, and something called the “Minnesota North Stars” was in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Twenty-one years is too long for any state to go with one party thoroughly controlling it’s State Supreme Court. So, let’s celebrate Governor Dayton’s historic appointment of Minnesota’s first female African American Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, Wilhelmina Wright. But let’s also celebrate the long overdue movement towards a return to balance in Minnesota’s judicial branch.