Last month, the
But now, Republicans are threatening to obstruct Obama's nominees to an important appeals court. If they persist in their obstructionism, Reid should open the briefcase with the launch codes.
The GOP is certainly cruising for a procedural bruising on this issue. This week, all of the Republicans on the
Millett is absurdly well qualified for the position, having argued 32 cases before the Supreme Court and 36 in the courts of appeals. So what's the Republicans' beef? For the record, it's not that Millett or two other nominees to the court are unqualified. It's that Obama is trying to "pack" the D.C. Circuit by filling vacancies that really don't need to be filled because the court is underworked.
The GOP argument that Obama wants to “pack” the court -- a la FDR’s attempt to add seats to the Supreme Court in the 1930s -- is a laughable exercise in projection. It’s the Republicans who want to manipulate the size of the D.C. Circuit to keep it from moving in a leftward direction, as it probably would with three Obama appointees. But that’s the way the system works. As Republican Sen.
The party-line committee vote on the Millettt nomination suggests that Senate Republicans are planning to play chicken on judicial nominees in a way they weren't willing to do with executive branch nominees. If they do decide to filibuster Millett or Obama's other judicial nominees, Reid should drop the big one.