Confirmation Bias: Inside Washington’s War Over the Supreme Court
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 (Evening)
TIME: 6:00-8:30 pm
TYPE: Banquet & Talk
The WNDC hosts the George Washington American Inn of Court’s End-of-Year Banquet with Carl Hulse, Chief Washington Correspondent of the New York Times. He will discuss his book Confirmation Bias: Inside Washington’s War Over the Supreme Court, at a sit-down dinner.
Antonin Scalia’s 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. In an unprecedented move, the Republican-controlled Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, refused to give Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, a confirmation hearing. Scalia’s seat would be held open until Donald Trump’s nominee, Neil M. Gorsuch, was confirmed in April 2017. In Confirmation Bias, Hulse uses exclusive interviews with McConnell, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Trump campaign operatives, court activists, and legal scholars.
Richly textured and deeply informative, Confirmation Bias provides much-needed context. Hulse revisits the judicial wars of the past two decades to show how those conflicts have led to our current polarization. He takes us behind the scenes to show us how our long-held democratic norms and entrenched bipartisan procedures have disappeared across all three branches of government.
At the Times, Hulse writes “On Washington,” his regular and widely-read column chronicling developments in the capital from the perspective of a 30-year veteran of reporting on the federal government. Hulse was born in Ottawa, Illinois, and, after his graduation from Illinois State University, began his career at newspapers in Illinois and Florida. He is also the drummer in a Capitol Hill garage band, The Native Makers.
The book will be available for purchase and signing.
TICKETS: $45 WNDC Members, $65 GWAIC Members, $70 Non-members of either organization. Includes dinner. Business attire suggested.