Path to the Supreme Court

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  • Nomination Process
  • I want YOU to be on the Supreme Court.
  • Senate Approval Process
  • 51% in favor! Neil Gorsuch is approved!
  • Reasons to not be Appointed
  • Justices are to never have been drunk or done drugs.
  • The president will nominate people who are of the same party and ideology as them. They do this in hopes that the judges will support and enforce their policies.
  • Borking
  • A nominee to the Supreme Court must receive a simple majority of the votes in the Senate (51% or greater) to be appointed to the Court. Senators of the same party as the nominee are typically more likely to approve of them.
  • Litmus Test
  • And how do you feel about abortion?
  • Background checks make nominees with pasts of drug use unable to get the position. Additionally, nominees who were previously judges at a lower level have their past rulings analyzed. If the president or Congress does not agree with them, they may not get the position.
  • Length of Nomination Process
  • And after a short 100 days, you are finally a Supreme Court justice!
  • Opposing parties may engage in "borking," or organized public campaigns that portray the nominee as a dangerous extremist, to slow or stop the nomination process. Those in opposition may include politicians or interest groups.
  • Nobody approve Gorsuch! He's a nasty man.
  • The litmus test is designed to test how potential justices will rule on controversial topics. Nominees are asked a series of questions on hotly debated topics, such as abortion, gun control, and LGBT rights, and their answers are used to assess their ideological views and what kind of justice they will be. Performance on the litmus test is not completely indicative of how nominees will perform in the future.
  • I support the right to life.
  • The nomination process can take from 1-100 days. However, in recent years, the appointing process has been leaning towards the longer side as partisan politics become more divided. Additionally, presidents in their final year of office typically cannot get justices appointed, thus increasing the length of the process dramatically.
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