Friday, January 17, 2014

Is Logjam on Judicial Nominees Ending? - Jonathan Bernstein // Bloomberg

Yesterday, announcing his early retirement Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) declared he would use his remaining time to "force the Senate to re-embrace its heritage of debate, deliberation and consensus".  An odd way to present the paralytic purpose of the just say no strategy of Minority leader Mitch McConnell.  Minority obstructionism, of course, preserved apartheid in America for decades.
Meanwhile important progress was made yesterday in the Senate thanks to winnowing the filibuster.  A large group of federal court nominees moved forward.  The Senate's thin Democratic majority makes them a cautious-looking group.  But it promises important leavening of the federal bench which has been flooded with regrettable appointees via the Federalist Society gauntlet on which Republicans have relied for the past three decades, as Michael Avery's recent book The Federalist Society recounts.
Is Logjam on Judicial Nominees Ending? - Bloomberg:
by Jonathan Bernstein
"There's some movement on judges today, with the Senate Judiciary Committee sending 29 nominations, including five appeals court picks, to the full Senate. Most of them, and three of the five circuit court selections, were by voice vote; only two of the 29 were straight party-line votes. All of them were holdovers from last year, although fewer than half had made it this far last time around (nominations from last year’s session of the Senate had to be resubmitted and clear committee again in this session)."

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