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Telling It Like It Is: That Everything Is Just Fine

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On July 13, 2009
I have a piece up at TAP arguing that, despite inevitable gnashing of teeth you’ll hear from pundits about how the Supreme Court confirmation process has become too “politicized” and is so uncivil it’s making David Broder roll over in his grave, structurally it actually works pretty well. I’m certainly not going to pretend that […]

Giving Away The Show

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On June 30, 2009

I’ll have more tomorrow, but like Publius I was amazed to come home and read Alito’s remarkable-and-not-in-a-good-way concurrence focusing on the Scary Black Guy who allegedly caused New H

I Know Thurgood Marshall, and John Roberts Is…

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On June 12, 2009
Commenting in defense of grandfather clauses that help to perpetuate previously racist admissions policies and John Roberts’s empty formalism in Parents Involved, David Nieporent asserts: And both you and Stevens might want to review Marshall’s arguments in Brown. He explicitly explained to the Court that the purpose was to end race-concious decisionmaking, not to (to […]

Like Yglesias, I strongly recommend this piece from Jeffrey Toobin. Supreme Court appointments being political, various forms of diversity have always been a major part of the selection process for ju

A Refreshing Contrast

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On June 1, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor’s record on protecting people from needlessly degrading searches is certainly considerably more encouraging than that of the previous nominee. Unfortunately, this will probably b

Give ‘Em Enough Rope

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On May 28, 2009

I have an article up over at Comment Is Free about he Sotomayor nomination. Since her confirmation is (barring unforseen circumstances) inevitable, what matters is the nature of the process itself. An

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