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  •  That's cloture on ten nominations (20+ / 0-)

    out of 55 judges awaiting confirmation, with 38 more nominations after that that Obama has not even made yet.

    We are waiting to hear whether Sen. Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will even act on nominations blocked by other Senators for Federal judges in their states by refusing to sign so-called blue slips expressing assent to those nominations.

    How Republicans Can Still Block Obama's Judges: Blue Slips

    Leahy says

    I assume no one will abuse the blue slip process like some have abused the use of the filibuster to block judicial nominees on the floor of the Senate. As long as the blue slip process is not being abused by home state senators, then I will see no reason to change that tradition.
    Anybody want to start a pool on how long until the Republicans blow themselves up on that, too? When Sen. Orrin Hatch was chair, he didn't wait for no steenkin' blue slips. Why should we?

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 08:23:19 AM PST

    •  Get. It. Done. (5+ / 0-)

      I'm glad Reid's making progress on this front - really!  But why weren't all 55 done in one fell swoop?  Why doesn't the President have 38 more nominations sittin in the Senate inbox?  Delegate, decide, ACT.  Let's get MOVING.

      •  Not all of the 55 have gotten through their (1+ / 0-)
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        committee hearings. Some Republican Senators refuse to permit those hearings for judges to serve in their states, using the blue-slip process to obstruct them.

        Each nomination has to get through cloture. Even though it is only 51 votes now, the process still has a mandatory schedule than can only be bypassed with unanimous consent or yet another nuclear blast.

        With 55 nominations piled up and not moving, Obama and his staff did not make it a priority to bring forward 38 more judges whom they would have to tell to hurry up and wait.

        Once we see how these 10 do, we can discuss, and Reid will in fact plan with Leahy and others, how many more he can bring forward in January.

        Millet got a vote today, and sailed through, 56-38.

        If Leahy gets mad enough to drop the blue-slip requirement, and all 55 start sailing through, the staff work on the next 38 should get a priority boost. Most of the background work has been done, and the rest can be done in regular order within a few months at most.

        If not, we will have to pile on Leahy.

        Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

        by Mokurai on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 02:43:11 PM PST

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    •  I heard the Repukes were going to be no-shows (0+ / 0-)

      in committee, preventing a quorum. I wonder if Sen Leahy has plans to get around that obstacle.

    •  I don't think (1+ / 0-)
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      you could get anyone to bet against it. If there's a process, they'll abuse it by using it ALL the time, not just when they have valid concerns.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 09:44:28 AM PST

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    •  We need to push Leahy on the blue slips. (0+ / 0-)

      What a jackass.

      Warren is neither a Clintonesque triangulator nor an Obamaesque conciliator. She is a throwback to a more combative progressive tradition, and her candidacy is a test of whether that approach can still appeal to voters.-J. Toobin "New Yorker"

      by chuck utzman on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 11:40:57 AM PST

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