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Presidential Capital and the Supreme Court Confirmation Process


nations, presidents will do anything—including going public to support their nominees—in an attempt to make the consensual aspect of the Senate’s role much more likely.


We thank Charles Shipan and Stephen M. Caliendo for generously sharing data for this analysis, as well as Steve Smith, Lee Epstein, Jamie Carson, Eliot Slot- nick, and Sam Lopeman for their helpful comments on earlier drafts of the paper. We also thank Joanne Miller, Chris Federico, and Sam Luks for helpful method- ological advice. The appendices and data used for this paper can be obtained from the Journal of Politics web site (http://www.journalofpolitics.org).

Manuscript submitted June 3, 2003 Final manuscript received October 14, 2003


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