The Judiciary: One for the G.O.P.

When Presidential Candidate John F. Kennedy promised that he would pick each federal judge not by "his political party but his qualifications for the office," many welcomed his words as a pledge to scrap the ancient prerogative of the President to salt the federal bench heavily with members of his own party. But Kennedy, once in office, found the temptation politically irresistible. He renominated three Eisenhower candidates for the bench, but of the first 95 appointees picked by his own Administration, there was nary a Republican. Last week, Kennedy finally got around...

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