Federal & Supreme Court Nomination Reform

Why Reform?

       There are two issues I have with allowing the president to nominate federal judges and Supreme Court justices. The first is that more often than not, judges are nominated more for their ability to advance the proposals of a party and less for the quality of their decision making. The second is the unnecessary influence they have on presidential elections. Our election system works best when voters choose candidates based on their proposals, ideas, and beliefs, instead of who can sway SCOTUS to either side.

 

The Proposal

       I am in favor of ending the president’s ability to nominate judges and justices and instead transfer that power to either the Senate Majority and Senate Minority Leaders or a committee made up of an equal number of Democratic and Republican Senators. Either of these methods would end the partisan selection of judges and justices and would eliminate the unnecessary influence Supreme Court nominations have on presidential elections.