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lecture 7&8 - 2/1/10: (Lecture 7) Senate Confirmation:...

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2/1/10: (Lecture 7) Senate Confirmation: Institutional context The Nominee’s Characteristics: The “Veneer” of Ethics and/or Competency Ideology (how liberal or conservative) Clarence Thomas (had a low qualification score, and was nominated by the closest nomination score of four votes) Qualifications matter because they can become a foil for the opposition (?) The Bork Exception to Rejections Robert Bork was not nominated with a high qualification, which didn’t fit the patter Institutional Factor: Divided Government Institutional Factor: Almost fourth year presidential term Writing: Prolific (write a lot), controversial, changing views Importance of him filling a seat with the political issue of abortion Court often divided on issue (4-5) Roe v. Wade could have been overturned with the nomination of Robert Bork (made nomination a huge deal) Bork’s “combative” style during hearings Didn’t have any advisors, didn’t feel like he needed any The Legacy of Bork: Two Developments
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The “New Politics” of lower federal judicial nominations: From Clinton to Bush The “New Politics” of Electronic Media Campaigns: Example of John Roberts 2005-2006 Increased ideological voting in the Senate Federal Judicial Selection: Do President’s get the “like minded” justices they ideally seek? Yes, about 75% of the time Examining the Appointment’s Subsequent voting relative to presidential desires or preferences Where those that were considered liberal, actually vote liberal [graph shows this to be true- justices do end up voting in the direction of their ideology] Generalizations and exceptions of the rule The longer a justice serves the harder it is to address this question New, unforeseen issues may arise (i.e. abortion) Ex. of Harry Blackman (conservative who wrote the majority opinion of Roe v. Wade) Issues may evolve (i.e. desegregation)
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2011 for the course POL 150 taught by Professor Gates during the Fall '08 term at UC Davis.

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