Chapter 13: Personal PoV's: Making a huge impact on the US Supreme Court (Fall 1982)
Reagan announced he was nominating Antonin Scalia to replace Rehnquist as Associate Justice.
Reagan also made the nomination of Rehnquist official on the 29th of June 1982 which shocked the nation and everyone else in the Senate Judiciary Committee. "This will be a huge momentum swing for us by showcasing our staunch support for law and order just in time for the midterms.," White House Chief of Staff James Baker noted. Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker and his cohorts in the Senate Republican Conference went to work especially the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who also went to work and researched every one of Rehnquist's judicial record and rulings, etc., and following confirmation hearings that lasted 89 days, Rehnquist was officially confirmed as the new Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court by the United States Senate in a 65-33 vote and Scalia was confirmed by a vote of 73-18 on 17 September 1982, less than two months before the midterms: right on cue!"
-"The Politics of the Judiciary during the Reagan Presidency"