Assignment, for Science / Law Geeks:

We hear much about litmus tests for Supreme Court candidates.

(1) Red, the Republican color, is acidic. Blue, the Democratic color, is alkaline. Discuss.

(2) Litmus paper apparently turns red for pH < 4.5, which is to say 2.5 away from the moderate 7, but blue for pH > 8.3, which is only 1.3 away. Do litmus tests identify slight deviations from center to the left more than they do slight deviations to the right?

(3) Determine the pHs of the potential judicial nominees, from Gonzales (3.2) to Jones (-4).