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Benjamin Wittes’s Confirmation Wars



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The forthcoming issue of the Weekly Standard contains my review of Benjamin Wittes’s Confirmation Wars: Preserving Independent Courts in Angry Times.  Wittes has written an insightful and evenhanded exploration of the Senate’s role in judicial confirmations.  But, as I discuss, he fails to recognize, much less explore the reasons for, the dramatic disparity between how Republican and Democratic senators approach judicial confirmations.  My review is currently available online to Weekly Standard subscribers here.


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