The Senate Should Fight a Different Battle Over the Supreme Court

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Nothing illustrates the permanent political dysfunction in Washington, DC more than the posturing over Supreme Court nominees. The process worked to various degrees over the nation's first two hundred and twenty years. There were moments of contentiousness during the times of Andrew Jackson's and Franklin Roosevelt's administrations. Confirmation hearings have grown increasingly polarized with Robert Bork's nomination being cited as a recent benchmark for political incivility. The Supreme Court is designed to be a check and balance with the executive and legislative branches of government and to assure Congressional legislation and Executive orders comply with the Constitutional protections required by…

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