Friday, September 23, 2005

Politics and the Court

Politics and the Court. This is an article from CQ Press. It is about the success and failures Presidents have had in getting judges confirmed to the Supreme Court. This certainly seems timely now.

I was surprised to discover that Pesident Tyler had five of his nominations rejected by the Senate. I guess this is often a tough process...

From the site:

The Supreme Court in its decisions sometimes refers to Congress and the executive as the “political branches” of government, but the Court itself has always been a political institution too.

Politics is a primary motivation in a president's selection of nominees to the Court and plays a role in the senatorial confirmation process as well. Many justices had political careers before their appointments, and a few—mostly in the 1800s—took part in political activities after joining the bench.

In modern times, the political element has become less openly partisan as the Court has evolved into a more equal and autonomous component of the federal system. Justices generally refrain from political activities and maintain a distance from both the president and Congress.

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