In many ways, the U.S. Supreme Court remains the paradigm.
We're talking about a constitution that is in its third century. That's really quite remarkable among any of the nations of the world. It suggests an essential stability of our political system that many may envy but not many can emulate.
Because the issues debated at the convention were very contentious and very divisive, it's easy to imagine that people of lesser stature could have foundered, that the whole enterprise might have died.