The Supreme Court: A Not So Simple Issue

"This is not a fight against the President," said Senator Edward Brooke last week. "Our job in the Senate is not one of either going along with or going against the President on a court appointment. It is simply one of approving or disapproving the nominee who is sent to us."

The way the Massachusetts Republican explained it, the matter sounded simple enough. Of course it was nothing of the sort. In the last week of maneuvering and infighting before a showdown vote, the battle over confirmation of George Harrold Carswell as a...

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