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Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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The Confirmation Process And The Quality Of Political Debate, Jonathan L. Entin Jan 1993

The Confirmation Process And The Quality Of Political Debate, Jonathan L. Entin

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This Article examines the seeming contradiction between the rise of the ideological model and the increasing public revulsion against the degrading spectacle that the confirmation process all too often has become. The principal problem with recent confirmation debates has been the exaggeration of the stakes of argument. Participants have focused so single-mindedly on winning the immediate battle that they have lost sight of the limited impact that any individual justice can have on American law and society. I suggest that the kind of political discourse which can promote effective government has both normative and empirical components. The normative aspect involves ...