What “characteristics” and “qualifications” are relevant for a Supreme Court justice? Should demographic issues be relevant? Should prior service as a lower court judge be required? What do you think of the methods of selection and tenure for Federal judges? Should they be appointed or elected? Should they be allowed an unlimited term? Why or Why not? What do you think the role of the US Senate should be vis a vis the President in the nomination process? Should it be a rubber stamp? Should they exercise independent judgment? How should politics enter in (Republican/Democrat)? Should there be a “litmus test” for nominees (given either by the President or Senate?) For example, what if the nominee is opposed to abortion rights? What about the nominee’s judicial philosophy? Should that be relevant?

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