Neil and I, along with a couple of other guys (including Chewey Williams before he was Chewey Williams), started an alternative campus newspaper at Columbia, which is still around, lo these many years. He's a lot more conservative than I am, but is one of the most intelligent and decent people I've met in my life. I have no doubt that SCOTUS is in his future.
Congrats again, Neil.
Update: Neil's nomination was actually sent to the Senate today.