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"Judge Southwick survived a confirmation process that belied his excellent qualifications and experience. He has reflected credit on those who stood with him and supported his appointment to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals."
-Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi)
"This is a must-read for anyone concerned with judicial confirmation politics and the dysfunctional U.S. Senate. Judge Southwick offers a personal, richly detailed, balanced, and well-written account of his journey through the confirmation maze. His book additionally offers insights into the judicial selection process, Mississippi politics, and Mississippi state judicial politics. This is a book that can be appreciated by any fair-minded person."
-Sheldon Goldman, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and author of Picking Federal Judges: Lower Court Selection from Roosevelt through Reagan
"Judge Leslie Southwick's memoir is a revealing look at Washington's endless and increasingly personal fights over judicial nominations--something many senators, including myself, have worked to stop. I never expected the judge and I would agree on every issue, but that wasn't the point. After reviewing his record and getting to know him, I came to believe he was a well-qualified and experienced jurist who could faithfully apply the law. That was the point, and it was why I supported his nomination to the Fifth Circuit."
-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California)