Diana Gordon

Diana R. Gordon is a professor of political science at the City University of New

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Lowering the Bar

The American Bar Association (ABA) has had a long run, starting
with the Eisenhower administration, as quasi-official consultant to presidents on
federal judicial appointments. Now the Bush administration's has ended the ABA's
special role, reflecting Republican criticism of the elite ABA as too liberal. In
fact, critics from the left as well as the right have long viewed the ABA as
something other than ideologically neutral in its evaluations of candidates as
"well qualified," "qualified," or "unqualified" (read, "nothing but a hack"). Its
extraconstitutional gatekeeper role in judicial selection has put a premium on
safe centrism, and has also helped preserve a field of largely white, male,