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October 13, 2002

Confirming by Ideology- Schumer Gets it Right

Read this piece by Sen. Schumer who lays out why explicit ideological tests for judges is healthy for democracy and honesty in politics:

In the past year, I have worked hard to make ideology an explicit part of the judicial confirmation process. Simply put, I believe it is time we stop playing gotcha politics -- looking for petty personal peccadilloes to disqualify a candidate -- and start admitting that the substantive viewpoint of judicial nominees legitimately drives us to oppose certain candidates for the bench.
This is similar to the points I made last year in a column Partisanship vs. the Politics of Personal Destruction (which also had my view on Andrew Sullivan and the "bare backing" controversy for all you Sully obsessives).

Posted by Nathan at October 13, 2002 08:36 AM

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