Letter to the editor: The Supreme Court’s confirmation process hijacked by ideology

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Senator Susan Collins is right: the Supreme Court confirmation process is broken. It’s been broken for some time.

The judiciary was set up by the Founding Fathers to be one of the three pillars of the system of checks and balances to ensure that no power becomes too powerful.

Unfortunately, the judiciary has become a slave to the political ideology of the majority party in the Senate. Senator Collins rightly points out that the confirmation process is organized “to examine the experience, qualifications and integrity of the candidate” and “not to assess whether a candidate reflects the ideology of an individual senator or would rule exactly as an individual senator would want.”

If the main criterion for selecting a Supreme Court justice is that his political ideology matches that of the majority party in the Senate, senators should simply place an announcement in the media stating how they would like their putative nominee to vote on the various legal matters and make their selection from the pool of candidates.

When deciding to vote for a candidate, senators should be concerned with whether the candidate would correctly identify the relevant legal principles, apply those principles to the facts of the case, and then make a decision based on logic to arrive at their outcome. final.

When it comes time to vote on Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination, senators would do well to heed Collins’ advice: “I won’t agree with every vote she casts as a judge. This alone, however, is not disqualifying.

Samuel Rosenthal
Portland


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