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14. Thomas, Kavanaugh, and Coney Barett all had varying amouts of experience as federal judges.
Thu May 23, 2024, 07:21 PM
May 23

Kavanaugh had the most (12 years), followed by Barrett (3 years), and Thomas (1.5). Miers had none. Whatever forces were lobbying for Alito, I don't remember anyone on either side thinking she was a solid pick. The nomination was lampooned as rank cronyism and another dumb Dubya stunt.

All that said, I'm sure Bush was paying more attention to conservative critics than anyone else. After all the heat he took for the Miers nomination, it's not hard to imagine why he played safe and went with Federalist Society-backed Alito. Not a good outcome for the country at all.

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