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In short, the only check on an "adverse" report is a senator's zeal and persistence, and, by the nature of things, these are only brought into play when a senator is interested in a candidacy. Pressures at Work Every candidate for major political office, however great his own resources are, needs help from others in his campaigns. People, in large numbers, jump into the fray expecting no personal favors. They may feel ideologically that it is important for a particular candidate or party to win.

As was to be expected, Senator Eastland of Mississippi was not happy about the nomination of a man whose name had become synonymous with the NAACP. Nothing was done by the committee about the appointment until May of 1962. Then, hearings were held before a subcommittee selected by Eastland. Two of the three subcommittee members were southerners: Johnston of South Carolina and McClellan of Arkansas (the other member was Hruska of Nebraska). When the subcommittee failed to report, the full committee under tremendous political pressure bypassed the subcommittee and voted to recommend confirmation, 11-4, on September 7, 1962.

THE WHITE HOUSE STAFF During the Kennedy administration, the contact between the attorney general and the president was very close and direct. No member of the White House staff participated actively in the process of judicial selection. Of course, members of the staff who dealt with senators liked to be informed about the progress of nominations. Shortly after Robert Kennedy's resignation, however, President Johnson asked John Macy, the president's special assistant on personnel matters and chairman of the Civil Service Commission, to review nominations suggested by the Department of Justice.

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