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Assessing the George W. Bush PresidencyA Tale of Two Terms$
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Andrew Wroe and Jon Herbert

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627400

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627400.001.0001

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George W. Bush and the US Supreme Court

George W. Bush and the US Supreme Court

(p.44) Chapter 4 George W. Bush and the US Supreme Court
Assessing the George W. Bush Presidency

Emma Long

Edinburgh University Press

Few of a president's powers offer such opportunity and danger as an appointment to the United States Supreme Court. Conservatives expected George W. Bush to nominate candidates sympathetic to their policy preferences. But when his opportunity finally came early in his second term, Bush faced additional difficulties in achieving a successful appointment, stemming from growing public and political opposition to the administration's foreign policy and a series of political scandals involving leading Republicans. A failed nomination threatened to weaken further Bush's authority and political credibility. Thus the stakes were high for Bush and his administration as, in the summer of 2005, they sought a replacement for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, one of the Court's most important members. This chapter explores Bush's relations with the Supreme Court. It looks at Bush's nominations to the Court, including John Glover Roberts Jr., Harriet Miers, and Samuel A. Alito Jr. It also discusses the most significant cases heard by the Court during Bush's presidency, including those tied to issues of national security and the war on terror.

Keywords:   George W. Bush, United States, Supreme Court, nominations, national security, war on terror, Sandra Day O'Connor, John Glover Roberts Jr, Harriet Miers, Samuel A. Alito Jr

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