Understanding the New Politics of Judicial Appointments
CONFIRMATION WARS: PRESERVING INDEPENDENT COURTS IN ANGRY TIMES. By Benjamin Wittes. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2006. Pp. 168. $22.95.
SUPREME CONFLICT: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE STRUGGLE FOR CONTROL OF THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT. By Jan Crawford Greenburg. New York, NY: The Penguin Press, 2007. Pp. 340. $27.95.
Amidst greater polarization in American politics, the process for nominating and confirming federal judges has become more political than ever. Nominees to the federal circuit courts are now being confirmed at historically low rates, the delay …