My newest New Ledger article is up, and addresses a recent piece on the judicial confirmation wars that have begun anew in the wake of Justice Souter’s announced retirement:
Supreme Court nominations seem to create something of a madhouse atmosphere in journalistic circles. The coverage of political battles is incomplete and replete with error. The coverage of judicial personalities is tinged with a general inability to grapple with the jurisprudence of the personalities in question. It’s not easy to go through a Supreme Court nomination process with anything approaching public dignity and decorum; the degree to which journalists fall down on the job in covering the nomination process makes achieving dignity and decorum that much harder.
That was just a taste. Read the whole thing.