How Barack Obama, George Bush, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan did when they had to fill a vacancy in the high court, and what path does the current president choose.
Barack Obama spent hours reading the legal briefs as he pondered the Supreme Court candidates. Bill Clinton enjoyed building a personal relationship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And Ronald Reagan put his personal touch on advocating for Anthony Kennedy after his first two candidates to fill a vacancy were unsuccessful.
The current president of the United States, Donald Trump, has a style of your own for selecting a candidate for the Supreme Court. She moves inexperienced and inexperienced in her frequent public deliberations about Ginsburg’s replacement, a process that proceeds at the speed of light.
In recent history, the candidate selection process was characterized by secret meetings with finalists, presidents seeking to cement a personal relationship with the chosen person, invasive investigation, and carefully planned media relations campaigns to support the candidate.
Trump keeps little to himself and makes his thoughts on the state of the deliberations known smoothly.
You have recognized the possible political advantages from which you could choose. Its shortlist of finalists includes candidates from the states of Florida and Michigan. The prospect of installing a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court gives you the opportunity to motivate your supporters six weeks before Presidential Election Day.
Trump’s current and former advisers, who claim to be considering five women, argue that for the president the process boils down to answering two general questions: Does the person have the judicial temperament to satisfy and enthuse his conservative base before the November 3 elections and is he capable of dealing with what will surely be a tough confirmation fight?
“When the president interviews these five, he asks, ‘Is this person sitting across from me strong enough to take what’s coming?'” Said Joe Grogan, the president’s former director of national policy in the White House. . “What is coming will be brutal.”
Trump, who has promised to announce his candidate on Saturday, remains in close consultation with your team, But it does not aggressively intervene in the investigation of the finalists or ask specific questions about their backgrounds or failures, according to a person involved in the process who spoke on condition of anonymity about the internal deliberations.
The main role of the president focuses on the final stage of the process: the interviews, in which he explores his judicial philosophy, his courage and any possible weaknesses.
He did so with the finalists of his first two Supreme Court nominations, holding private conversations that lasted from 50 minutes to an hour. In those meetings, the president studied the reactions of the candidates before other judges of the Court and the specific criticisms of others, among other issues, according to the person who participated in the Trump selection process.
With this vacancy, Trump calmly polled his supporters at campaign rallies on whether he should choose a man or a woman, publicly revealed he had received good comments about a federal judge he is evaluating, and marveled that another contender is only 38. years.
“I think this is another example that precedents and historical examples seem less of a guide than before,” said Ted Frantz, presidential historian at the University of Indianapolis. “This government uses a different strategy when it comes to Supreme Court nominations,” he added.
Trump’s predecessors played varied – and mostly silent – roles in his administration’s approval process.
But Reagan, in his weekly radio address, put his hands on fire before the American people for Californian Anthony Kennedy, his third candidate for the court, in 1987, after the Senate rejected Robert Bork and Reagan’s second choice. , Douglas Ginsburg, withdrew from the competition when it became public that he had smoked marijuana several times as a college professor.
Earlier this week, Clinton recalled going through the background of 40 candidates, studying legal reports and receiving the recommendation of First Lady Hillary Clinton before choosing Ginsburg.
“We sneaked her in on a Sunday night and nobody knew,” Clinton recalled of Ginsburg in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And I had the conversation of my life with her. And I knew, after talking for 10 minutes, that I should name her,” he added.