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September 14, 2018


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Anthony Gaughan

Just to clarify for the sake of historical accuracy, Arlen Specter switched parties in late April 2009, one month before Sonia Sotomayor's nomination (in May 2009), not her confirmation in August 2009.

Anthony Gaughan

One other thing I should add is that the date of the nomination announcement and the date when the nomination is officially submitted to the Senate sometimes vary. For example, President Obama announced Sotomayor's nomination in late May 2009, but according to the U.S. Senate webpage, the nomination was not officially submitted to the Senate until June 1, 2009. But the partisan balance in the Senate did not change in the interim.


" Kagan ... and wrote surprisingly few law review articles during her academic career"

Oooh, SNAP!

Haha, just kidding.

Very interesting overview of the history of the process; thank you for writing and posting it. I do agree that the hearings are generally of little or no real use and that we usually already know everything we are going to know about a nominee beforehand.

Why do we bother? Also, one wonders how much such a vapid charade costs the government. Maybe it's not substantial.

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