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  •  Honest question, I don't know the answer: (1+ / 0-)
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    Villanova Rhodes

    Does President Obama have someone nominated for each vacancy?

    Any chance Harry Reid will find the dry powder and break the Republicans' strangle-hold on all nominations of all types?

    (OK, that was two questions. The second one just came to mind.)

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 05:02:28 PM PDT

    •  There are 66 vacancies and 23 nominees, (1+ / 0-)
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      with 2 more nominees pending for upcoming vacancies.

      It's a rolling thing -- some of these are very old, some quite recent -- but most judges announce their plans well in advance, so it's not like the administration couldn't plan ahead.

      However, many of the vacancies are in states with 2 Republican senators who just won't play ball no matter how much it hurts their constituents, primarily Texas. The primary problem for those vacancies is the reluctance of Leahy (and Reid, and others) to buck senatorial traditions and just move forward without Cornyn and his ilk, both at the committee level and in the full Senate.

      •  I live in Kansas (2+ / 0-)
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        Villanova Rhodes, YucatanMan

        I called my senators and asked them to find 12 common sense people to serve on the bench that everyone can agree would make good judges.  I told them they need to find people who can preside in a way that's fair to the parties and not driven by ideology or bias.  If I can do it in my red state so can everyone else living in a red state.  

        Shine like the humblest star.

        by ljm on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 05:50:17 PM PDT

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        •  Good job. Maybe at least the one in Kansas (1+ / 0-)
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          can get filled. It's been open for something like 2-1/2 years, I think. But I think the pool of people who "everyone can agree" on, while not empty, is not large these days. Keep up the pressure.

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