The Confirmation Mess by Stephen L. Carter
Cleaning Up The Federal Appointments Process

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Stephen L. Carter tells what’s wrong with our confirmation process, explains how it got that way, and suggests what we can do to fix it. Using the most recent confirmation battles as examples, Carter argues that our confirmation process will continue to be bloody until we develop a more balanced attitude toward public service and the Supreme Court by coming to recognize that human beings have flaws, commit sins, and can be redeemed.

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Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University.
Published January 1, 1994 by Basic Books. 272 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Carter's subtitle is, ultimately, a dodge, as he acknowledges that ``so few of the proposed repairs would make much difference.'' If we should learn to think of public service as a reward, not a calling, and the Supreme Court as a check on majority tyranny rather than a parallel force of public w...

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National Review Online

928] The kind of inquiry that would contribute most to understanding and evaluating a nomination is … discussion first, of the nominee’s broad judicial philosophy and, second, of her views on particular constitutional issues.… But responses to … questions [on judicial philosophy] can—and have...

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The New York Review of Books

Senator Specter said, “I could not help but think that your grandfather and my father would have been good friends.” Senator Grassley addressed charges against Thomas by asking, simply, “What advice you think he [the grandfather] would give you?”23 Who Thomas was came to be defined in terms of w...

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The New York Review of Books

Gayle Pemberton, who teaches in the Princeton Afro-American studies program, writes in Morrison’s book: In response to Senator Specter’s hypothesis that the brown Anita Hill had a color-linked, ulterior and jealous motive, Thomas assented, saying: “There seemed to be some tension as a result of t...

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