The Senate blue slip process was established more than a hundred years ago to ensure that home-state senators have an opportunity to weigh in on federal judicial nominees for their state. An informal process and a norm and tradition of the Senate not mandated by law, the blue slip practice can facilitate Senators’ fulfillment of their constitutional power to give “advice and consent” on federal judicial appointments. In recent months, there have been ominous signs that Senate Republicans may bow to demands from the President and right-wing backers to ignore the blue slip tradition to enable POTUS to appoint judges who are so extreme that they never would have gotten a hearing in past administrations.

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