The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Citadel on a Hill

When the antiabortion shouting is finally muffled, as it will be, the nomination of Sandra O'Connor to the Supreme Court will emerge as the balanced and responsible presidential action it was intended to be. Dozens of Ronald Reagan's aides, acting more like clinical psychologists than bureaucrats, probed her shadings of emotion, her intellect, her theology. O'Connor's background and that of her family were searched by computer. She was, to a remarkable degree, judged by a man who sees more and more each day that he must be President to a nation and not to a single-interest group.

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