February_5th - PLS 320: AMERICAN JUDICIAL PROCESS Strategic...

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    PLS 320: AMERICAN JUDICIAL PROCESS Strategic Considerations for Confirmation Clarence Thomas Information
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    In This Presentation Key Strategic Players in Nominations Past Nominations Today’s Candidates and Nominations Clarence Thomas Review
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    Key Players: The President Wants to Influence Judicial Policy Seeks Candidate Who Will Do What He/She Would Seeks Candidate Who Can Be Confirmed Seeks a Confirmation Outcome that Will Promote His/Her  Agenda in General—Not Just Judicial Policy Seeks a Confirmation Outcome that Will Help Him/Her  Politically  
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    Key Players: Median Voter (and Other Senators) May Want to Influence Judicial Policy Can Only Choose to Accept or Reject Offered Nominee Considers Policy Cost/Benefit Analysis/How Much President (or Other  Senators/Special Interests) Could Hurt His Policy Preferences Considers Desired Outcome and Likely Result of Rejection Considers President’s Political Strength/How Much President Could  Hurt Senator’s Political Prospects Considers Effect of Nominee on Supreme Court Balance of Power
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  Key Players: Necessary Cloture Vote (and Other  Senators) Same Considerations as Other Senators PLUS Decides Whether The Added Scrutiny of a Filibuster is  Beneficial
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course PLS 320 taught by Professor Snook during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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February_5th - PLS 320: AMERICAN JUDICIAL PROCESS Strategic...

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