Simulation Role

Simulation Role

Senate republican The goal of the nominee and the presidential team, is to get the nominee confirmed. The opposing Senators generally seek to either stop the confirmation from getting majority support in committee or on the floor, score political points in the hearing, or bind the nominee to policy commitments that will help their reelection or ideological goals. Senators of the same party as the president generally seek to help him, but may abandon the nominee if the political heat is high, or the nominee appears to lack necessary competence, experience, and/or judgment. Reelection as individuals is the crucial goal for all Senators. The Senate Staff work with the instructor in advance to prepare the background materials on the nominee, including the confidential FBI report. Some staffers will then become Democrats, others Republicans. The media team is expected to prepare a brief webcast between the two classes, as well as print stories and tweets. Leaks, press releases, and interviews are all ways that the political participants can influence the coverage by the media. The Senators will need to prepare questions, read the background material, direct staff to prepare more materials such as press releases, and conduct the hearing. They will then deliver speeches on the second day, urging votes for or against the nominee, and then vote. The president wants to win, but has the option in the middle of the second day of withdrawing the nomination, if she decides that the high political cost of so doing is lower than the cost of losing the vote. She must also decide how much political capital to invest in the nomination, whether to appear with the nominee. The role of the nominee will have substantially more work than any other, and thus this person is excused from writing a memo, and their simulation grade will be larger. The president need not mimic the current occupant; they may design their own political profile, within reason (no Greens or Libertarians, no liberal Republicans or conservative Democrats). The Senators must have real world templates upon which they base themselves—they must be from a particular state, with membership on the right committee, and a realistic political profile.