The Supreme Court Appointment Process: Lessons from Filling the Rehnquist and O'Connor Vacancies

  title={The Supreme Court Appointment Process: Lessons from Filling the Rehnquist and O'Connor Vacancies},
  author={Michael Comiskey},
  journal={PS: Political Science \& Politics},
  pages={355 - 358}
  • Michael Comiskey
  • Published 28 March 2008
  • History
  • PS: Political Science & Politics
The 11 years from 1994 to 2005 comprised the second-longest period without an appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court (Epstein et al. 2003, 353). The nominations of John Roberts in 2005 and Samuel Alito in 2006 were met with enthusiasm by conservatives, foreboding by liberals, and great interest by political scientists concerned with the Court's future and with changes in the appointment process since Stephen Breyer's appointment in 1994. 
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