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Judicial Choices Supreme Court conformations much like everything else in politics and life changed over the years Conformations grew from insignificant and routine appointments to vital and painstakingly prolonged trials because of the changes in the political parties and institutions The parties found the Supreme Court to be a tool for increasing their power which caused an increased interest in conformations The change in the Senate to less hierarchical institution played part to the strategy of nomination for the president The court played the role of power for the parties through its liberal or conservative decisions In Judicial Choices Mark Silverstein explains the changes in the conformations by examining the changes in the Democratic party Republican party Senate and the power of the judiciary Conformations affected political parties a great deal because they created new constituency and showed a dominance of power The lose of the Democratic partys hegemony caused it to find new methods of furthering its agenda Prior to the 1960s the Democratic party maintained control of the electorate with an overwhelming percentage1 The New Deal produced interest from a mass constituency for the Democratic party because of the social programs Many white southern democrats became republicans because of the increased number of blacks in the Democratic party Many white union members and Catholics also left the party because they no longer thought of themselves as the working middle class The disorder in the party produced among other things a new attention to the staffing of the federal judiciary2 Because of the lose in constituency the Democratic party no longer had control of the presidency so it needed to find other means to further its agenda The supreme court was that other method as displayed by the Warren Court after deciding liberal opinions like Roe v Wade The conformations of judges became essential in this aspect to the Democrats in order to keep liberals on
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