Supreme Chaos: The Politics of Judicial Confirmation and the Culture War

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The judicial confirmation process is in a state of chaos. America?s culture war has set the stage for a power struggle reaching to the highest court in the land-the Supreme Court. Integrity and ability are no longer the criteria for evaluating the caliber of a judge. Rather it is one?s position on hot-button social issues. Without control of the White House, the House, or the Senate, the Left looks to liberal activist judges rather than to the American voters or their elected representatives to create new rights....
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The judicial confirmation process is in a state of chaos. America’s culture war has set the stage for a power struggle reaching to the highest court in the land-the Supreme Court. Integrity and ability are no longer the criteria for evaluating the caliber of a judge. Rather it is one’s position on hot-button social issues. Without control of the White House, the House, or the Senate, the Left looks to liberal activist judges rather than to the American voters or their elected representatives to create new rights. Americans who believe in the rule of law must understand and challenge the liberal notion of a “living Constitution,” which has politicized the judiciary and provoked today’s confirmation battles. We are witnessing not only the testing of the judicial nomination system but a downward spiral in civility within the U.S. Senate. Nominees endure partisan conflict rather than a dignified and respectful legislative process. Liberal special-interest groups degrade confirmation proceedings into bitter character assassinations that malign the reputations of nominees. During his confirmation process, Judge Charles Pickering waited years to be confirmed and was ultimately forced into retirement by a Democrat minority unwilling to give him the decency of an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor. In Supreme Chaos, Judge Pickering, who faced unprecedented use of the filibuster by Senate Democrats, provides an insightful assessment of the situation and argues that we must find a way out of the quagmire for the sake of the judiciary, our children and grandchildren, and the rights of all Americans. Pickering’s vision of a repaired confirmation process offers hope that restored from the chaos-that justice under the rule of law as established in the Constitution will prevail.
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Fred Barnes
"Charles Pickering is a brave man with an enthralling story to tell about the corruption of the Senate’s process of confirming federal judges. Pickering has a bold solution, and he makes a persuasive case for it in this highly readable book."
Executive editor of The Weekly Standard and Fox News commentator.
Joe Scarborough
"Judge Pickering details the Senate’s shameful behavior towards America’s best and brightest legal minds and explains why some of our best judges choose not to serve."
Host of MSNBC’s Scarborough Countryand former congressman
Lindsey Graham
"The Pickering nomination is a case-study in how powerful special-interest groups have been able to hijack the confirmation process, . . . and [I] find it extremely unfortunate that the politics of confirmation can turn a life well-lived upside down."
U.S. Senator (R-SC)
Newt Gingrich
"Judge Charles Pickering is without a doubt among the best-qualified people in America to rescue us from the chaos of the current judicial confirmation process. His insights give us hope that the process can once more return to fairness and civility."
Sean Hannity
"From the man whom Senator Ted Kennedy called an "extremist" comes a compelling and thought-provoking book about the breakdown of the judicial confirmation process and how the Democrats in the Senate will stop at nothing to destroy conservative nominees. Judge Pickering has seen this process firsthand, and his experience is a testament to his intellect, restraint, civility, patriotism, and strength of character in the face of adversity."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974537658
  • Publisher: Stroud & Hall Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Pages: 219
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    CHAOS IN THE COURT ROOM

    I WAS VERY PLEASED TO READ JUDGE PICKERING BOOK 'SUPREME CHAOS' CAUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME I HAD THE HONOR OF GETTING AN INSIDERS VIEW OF THE DETAILS OF THE NOMINATION OF A JUSTICE FOR THE COURT. THIS BOOK IS FASINATING BECAUSE IT TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT SOME OF THE POLITICANS SUCH AS TED KENNEDY AND OTHER LIBERALS AND TO WHAT ENDS THEY WILL GO TO PUT ASIDE SOME OF THE BRIGHTEST LEGAL MINDS JUST SO THEY CAN VOTE THERE PARTISON VIEWS WITHOUT EVEN CONSIDERING THE FINE JUDICAL RECORD THAT IS UP FOR CONFIRMATION. THIS JUDGE HAS REALLY DONE HIS HOMEWORK AND I REALLY APPRIEATED READING THIS BOOK AFTER SEEING THE RECENT CONFIMATIONS ON TV. THIS BOOK MIGHT MAKE A NICE GIFT FOR A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER.

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