I mean, seriously. Even that hippie rag The New York Times recognizes this is a problem.
Nobody seriously contends that President Obama’s judicial nominees are any less qualified than those of the prior office holder, George W. Bush. Nonetheless, the Times’ editorial states that at a comparable point in time 61.4% of Bush nominees were confirmed as opposed to less than 50% of President Obama’s nominees.
Many of these nominees have already been approved once or even twice by the Senate Judiciary Committe. One of these is University of California law professor Godwin Liu, who has even been endorsed by Bill Clinton adversary Kenneth Starr for his “independence and openness to diverse viewpoints.”
These are qualified nominees. It’s unconscionable to not allow them to proceed to the Senate floor for a vote. The nation’s judiciary should not be used to play politics. In my view, confirmation of judicial candidates should be a one question process. Are they qualified? If so, confirm them. Quit worrying about ideological litmus tests. It all evens out in the end. When a Republican holds our nation’s highest elected office, they will have their turn. All this infighting does is deprive the country of the service of these qualified candidates while the politicians bicker back and forth.
Unfortunately, the majority of Americans do not understand the importance of this issue or the continuing harm it does to our judicial system. So don’t look for these Senators to get a flood of constituent calls demanding that this logjam be broken up.