I generally try not to read the news because it’s usually a mix of sad stories and political chaos- but I came across this article today that I thought was relevant to the class. The Trump Administration has been plagued by a lot of things – uncertainty, media scrutiny, scandals, and politicians departing office faster than they can get sworn in. However, when it comes to nominating new judges to the Supreme Court, which Trump has been tasked with more than once now, he’s actually managed to improve an antiquated process.
While the President has to have their nominee be confirmed by the Senate, they technically have free reign to pick whoever they want.The Constitution doesn’t actually set forth any standards of service, so the President can essentially pick anyone. The whole process is one that’s been shrouded in mystery for years – typically, we hear of a vacancy, then we hear of a single nominee (and the selection criteria is typically unknown), then we hear if they’re confirmed.
One of Trump’s campaign promises was to make the Supreme Court more conservative. To show his commitment to this, during his campaign he released a list of 25 candidates for Supreme Court judge, all of whom he believes to be highly qualified and fit his conservative agenda. He has since picked all of his nominees from that list, so there haven’t been any surprises.
This is a highly transparent (and, dare I say, progressive?) way of keeping voters informed of EXACTLY what they’re signing up for and EXACTLY what they’re getting. This is, at it’s core, a major process improvement. It’s a way that Trump is looping in all major stakeholders (voters included!) to get involved on a project (in this case, the project is appointing a new Supreme Court Judge). It will be interested to see if future Presidents follow suit, keeping their processes equally as transparent.
What are your thoughts?
- Do you think Trump’s transparent process an improvement to the current Supreme Court nomination process? Why or why not?
- Should other presidents follow suit by deciding on their potential nominees/releasing them during their campaign? Why or why not?
- How could this process further be improved?