Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Herald Writes Interesting Editorial!

Not only that, but they actually express a firm opinion:
Clearly, the Senate is not fulfilling its constitutional duty to confirm judges. Some 58 Obama administration nominees are pending in the Senate to fill the 95 vacancies. Republican senators have complained that there should be a nominee for every vacancy — fair enough — but that does not explain why so many of the nominations have been stalled for so long.

The Senate, of course, has a duty to ensure that nominees are qualified. No one wants a “fast-tracked” judge hearing cases. But it’s hard to escape the conclusion that partisan politics rather than the quality of the nominees is the root of the problem when even consensus candidates must wait for prolonged periods.

This Monday, for example, the Senate is expected to fill some of those vacancies when six of the nominations go to the floor for a vote, meaning there has been a preceding agreement not to block the vote.

That generally leads to confirmation. Of those six, five have been pending since May and June — and all of them were approved with a unanimous vote by Democratic and Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In other words, there is no question that the nominees have the qualifications to do the job — so why the delay?
Good question -- why the delay?

Here's a list of the six nominees confirmed.

(One good thing -- at least we're not Mississippi.)


Anonymous said...


swlip said...

Word on the street is that Obama's support among Senate Dems is collapsing, and that no one is willing to go to bat for him on anything. The fact that he can't even get a Senate sponsor for his "jobs bill" - after announcing it before a joint session - is perhaps telling.

I'm not saying that Republicans are blameless, but at least some of this has to be attributed to incompetent leadership.

Anonymous said...

You post a supposed fact-based comment on a blog frequented by lawyers based on "word on the street" and expect it to have any credibility? Please give me something better than that.

Anonymous said...

Sesame Street?

Rick said...

Someone throw swlip a treat. Good boy!


Godwhacker said...

I don't have the facts to back this up, but I think swlip is really Mary Cheney in cyber drag.

Also, word on the street is that global warming is man made, but never let facts get in the way of a good profit motive.

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