It goes something like this:
Roger Maris hit more home runs in 1961* than Babe Ruth did in any year of his baseball career. * Yeah, but the Major League season was longer in 1961 than it was in 1927.
The asterisk is used in politics, too, as we are seeing since the unexpected death over the weekend of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution spells out the process for filling a vacancy on the court. The section says the president has the power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint judges of the Supreme Court, as well as hundreds of other high level federal offices.
That’s what our Founding Fathers wrote — and they didn’t include any asterisks.