Supreme Fictions

The Next Justice
Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process
Christopher L. Eisgruber
Princeton University Press, $27.95, 272 pp.

Does anyone have anything good to say about the absurd process by which we select Supreme Court justices? Confirmation hearings have become a mix of Grand Guignol and hide-and-seek. The debates surrounding potential justices are not only ideologically polarized, but filled with crude and misleading claims about what Supreme Court justices do or should do. And the candidates themselves have contributed to the debacle, making silly but politically savvy claims in their...

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