The Book: Confirmation Bias

“Entertaining and shrewd… Hulse is an expert guide through the machinations on Capital Hill: New York Times

Inside Washington’s War Over The Supreme Court

Supreme Court JusticesThe Cheif Washington Correspondent for the New York Times presents a richly detailed, news-breaking, and conversation-changing look at the precedented political fight to fill the Supreme Court seat made vacant by Antonin Scalia’s death-using it to explain the paralyzing and all but irreversible dysfunction across all three branches in the nation’s capital.

The Embodiment Of American Conservative

Antonin Scalia
Antonin Scalia
Antonin Scalia cast an expansive shadow over the Supreme Court for three decades. His unexpected death in February 2016 created a vacancy that precipitated a pitched political fight. That battle would not only change the tilt of the court but the course of American history. It would help decide a presidential election, fundamentally alter long-lasting protocols of the Bias OpinionsUnited States Senate, and transform the Supreme Court-which has long held itself as a neutral arbiter above politics-into another branch of the federal government riven by partisanship. In an unprecedented move, the Republican-controlled Senate, led by Majority Leader, Mitch McConnel refuse to give Democratic President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, a confirmation hearing. Not one Republican in the Senate would meet with him. Scalia's seat would be held open until Donald Trump's nominee, Neal M. Gorsuch, was confirmed in April 2017.

About Author Carl Hulse

Carl Hulse is the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and managing editor of First Draft, a political news stream and morning email newsletter. Carl BiasHis regular New York Times column “on Washington”, described developments in Washington D.C. His writing has also appeared online with MSN, MSN UK, MSN Canada, and CNBC, and the Sudney Morning Herald, Albany Business Review,, The Economic Times, American City Business Journals, and Miami Herald.

Mitch McConnell’s Hold On The Senate

A forthcoming book on President Trump’s two Supreme Court appointments relays new insight on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decisive move to block any candidate from President Barack Obama might nominate to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

McConnell and Cruz
McConnell and Cruz

This book reveals that Mitch McConnell confirmed with longtime aide Josh Holmes shortly after learning of Scalia’s death. The pair concluded that McConnell should immediately announce Republican opposition to an Obama nominee, lest GOP Texas Senator, Ted Cruz beat them to the punch and render the idea toxic.

“If it was branded as a Ted Cruz idea, he could lose half of his conference,” Holmes said of his discussion with McConnell.

McConnell’s instinct’s proved correct. Speaking after the majority leaders announcement at a presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina, Cruz urged Senate Republicans not to confirm an Obama nominee for the high court.

Mitch McConnell Told Carl Hulse:

Mitch McConnell did pause for a moment to mourn Scalia’s death, who had been a friend, but his “second thought was to immediately turn to the politics of the situation. The first thing that came into my mind was that I knew if the shoe was on the other foot, they wouldn’t fill this vacancy. I knew it for sure.” “They; of course, meant the Democrats,” Hulse writes in Conformation Bias.

Moscow Mitch
Mitch McConnell

Shamelessness paid off for the Republicans. McConnell boasted that by preserving an open seat on the Supreme Court, he helped elect Trump for President, and Hulse offers polling data to back up this claim. President Trump gloated over the opportunity to stock the rest of the federal bench with conservatives. “You know when I got in, we had over 100 federal judges that weren’t appointed, “Trump declared to a crowd in March 2018. “Now I don’t know why Obama left that. It was like a big, beautiful present to all of us. Why the hell did he leave that? Maybe he got complacent.” Actually, Obama left so many judgeship s unfilled because the Republicans were able to obstruct and delay.

Democrats Reaction To The Supreme Court Justices

The lack of attention to the courts in the Democratic primary in 2015 is in stark contrast to the right’s embrace of the issue. President Donald Trump frequently touts his success dramatically reshaping the federal courts-he’s already filled two Supreme Court seats, and the U.S. Senate confirmed the 150th judge nominated since he took office. His (Donald Trump) re-election campaign is even hawking T-shirts with the message “Supreme Court Champs,” featuring silhouettes of Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel.

So far, Democrats running to unseat Trump have barely made an issue of the courts at all. None of the top-polling candidates have made the future of the courts a central part of their platform, and some don’t even mention the issue on their websites. It’s barely come up in the first three primary debates.


Confirmation Bias: Inside Washington’s War Over The Supreme Court, From Scalia’s Death To Justice Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh and Trump
Kavanaugh and Trump

This book is “Entertaining and Shrewd,” richly textured and deeply informative, Confirmation Bias provides much-needed context, revisiting the judicial wars of the past two decades to show how those conflicts have led to our current polarization. He examines the politicization of the federal bench and the implications for public confidence in the courts, and takes us behind the scenes to explore how many long-held Democratic norms and entrenched bipartisan procedures have been erased across all three branches of government.

In the last two years anyway, I think that we have seen what the appointment of judges has done for Donald Trump and his group of henchmen going about trying to find dirt on Biden and in the past 2016 election interference by Russia, that the Trump campaign manager has already pled guilty to lying to Robert Meuller is now starting to pay off for Trump, by getting lighter sentences and just today the prosecutor for the Roger Stone Case, that makes three. This also has a lot to do with Attorney General, Bill Barr. There is something going on here that is scary and in my eyes at least, wrong and illegal for a president to step in on a case that involves him (2016 election for president) and to say that the sentence was to harsh and that the people (Robert Meuller) who charged him should be prosecuted and not Stone, who pled guilty as well as 6 other Trump associates. Attorney General Barr is suppose to be bi-partisan and not political at all, but everything that he has done for Trump has been to benefit his re-election or to protect Trump from any type of investigations into his conduct in some way. NOT GOOD.

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10 thoughts on “The Book: Confirmation Bias”

  1. I would really love to read this book, just your little insight into it has got me hooked, this book is a revelation and an amazing eye opener in one. There’s a lot going on in the American judiciary system and books like thieves us insight. Reading this book will give me some needed education on the American judiciary system and the senate. I hope to learn more about the stand of the united States justices, the republicans and democrats on the death of Scalia and justice Kavanaugh. 

    1. Exactly Sam, this book outlines how the changing of the guard in the Supreme Court is hugely beneficial for the conservative republicans and the right wing democrats will have a difficult time going forward with new laws that are out of the box of the conservative Court that seems to be in place now, with the Majority of the Senate being Republican and now the Supreme Court which appears to be on the Republican conservative side.

  2. Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us .I read the book Confirmation Bias and I quite enjoyed it .This is an expert guide through the strategies of Capital Hill .Through this book I came to know the details of political struggle, news-breaking and conversation-changing. Antonin Scalia cast a shadow over the Supreme Court for three decades that triggered political conflict and the war not only changed the courtroom but also changed the course of American history. It has helped in the decision making of the presidential election .This book has proved McConnell’s instincts .Democrats rushed to make Trump the official run of the court, and almost none of the top court issues were made and none of the top voting candidates could form a central part of the court’s future. I have gained a lot of important knowledge through it.

    Lastly, I hope that through your Confirmation Bias book everyone gains a lot of knowledge and will share their new experiences with you soon.

    1. Thank you Shanta for your comment, this is a very informative book on how the shaping of the Supreme Court will have an impact in all our lives, laws could be changed when fought through the courts and be it on the conservative Republican side or the more liberal side with the Democrats,

  3. hello Boobi:)

    I enjoyed reading your review of the book: Confirmation Bias.

    As an avid reader, i know i would enjoy reading this book and learning Hulse take on the machinations on Capital Hill.

    I agree with your views on favourable judge appointees giving Trump minor sentences whenever he is found wanting and it betrays the bi-partisan nature that some offices should hold.

    1. Thank you for your comment and yes it is true that Trump appointed a couple of the Supreme Court Judges, but they are appointed for life and have a tendency to be more partisan then any one party. The chief justices when it comes to legal issues and impeachment trials need to be more of a factor in my opinion.

  4. Hey, I enjoy a lot while reading your review on Confirmation Bias. I found it is very useful for everyone.  While reading I know that This book is “Entertaining and Shrewd,” richly textured and deeply informative, Confirmation Bias provides much-needed context, revisiting the judicial wars of the past two decades to show how those conflicts have led to our current polarization. He examines the politicization of the federal bench.

    1. Thank you Parveen for your comment, this is a wonderful book with information on how important the Supreme Court is and in my opinion needs to be brought into the legal battles that are in the Senate and to not just rely on the majority in office, obviously they don’t take their oath’s seriously and that is a huge issue in todays politics.

  5. Hi
    With all of the exposure in our congress, it would be nice to see a whole new political party take on this challenge. I believe with the way our world is changing we can’t continue with political laws that have been put in place centuries ago when we are in a totally new era with different needs for the people.

    Best Regards



    1. Thank you Audrey for your comment, I do feel the same way about how things have changed, especially in the last three years and how the Trump administration has challenged every law set by the congress and the three branches of government, we the people need to ask the hard questions from our congressmen and women, and how the Supreme court should play a part in out legal political matters.

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