The Drifters: Why the Supreme Court Makes Justices More Liberal
Boston Review, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2006
Posted: 17 Nov 2020
Date Written: January 1, 2006
There is no doubt that the presidential nomination process greatly influences the large-scale jurisprudential trends in expected directions. Still, that a Supreme Court appointment is both so important — in President Bush's words, "one of the most consequential decisions a president makes" — and so scrutinized, casts the many examples of unpredicted drift as a real mystery. Why are presidents, and other backers, so often disappointed by the eventual performance of their nominees? And why do so many Supreme Court justices drift to the left, especially on matters of individual rights?
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