Road to the Supreme Court
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The White House Counsel, Attorney General, and lawyers in the Justice Department's office of legal counsel all advise the President during this time, because it is his responsibility to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice.
Factors that affect initial nomination include alignment with the current President's ideology, Senate acceptability, relationship to the president, age, and religion. Not only must the nominee share a close personal bond with the president and share his views, but he is usually under the age of 60 (40s), and is of either the Catholic or Jewish faith.
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The next step is that the nominee must go before the Judiciary Committee of Senators for extensive questioning to measure his legal views, honesty, and political ideology. This is part of the Litmus test as well, which dives into the nominee's view of controversial issues and identifies how they align with current political parties in power.
The nominee undergoes intense scrutiny via the Judiciary Committee. During this time, the nominated Justice may be deemed unsuitable for the position, and no longer considered, based on his perspective of issues or certain questionable activities uncovered in his past.
Borking is another reason that a nominee may not be appointed. This is when, during the confirmation process, Senators and interest groups make the nominee's hearings very public and political, portraying the nominee in a poor light to prevent him from being appointed as a Supreme Court Justice.
After Senate approval is finally gained, a majority vote from Senators is secured following the Judiciary Committee, and the nominee is not filibustered (if he is, then at least 60 Senators must vote to keep the nomination alive), then the new nomination is confirmed! This process can take weeks if not months to complete!
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