The White House official said Obama “made it clear that it was a priority—particularly with judges and asked for more help identifying nominees and getting them passed.” [...]Judicial nominations have been the standout examples of Republican obstruction. The majority of nominees who've been waiting for month and months for votes are completely non-controversial, passed out of the Judiciary Committee with no significant opposition, only to hit the logjam created by GOP filibustered. But now, Republicans have taken it up a notch with the unprecedented filibusters of Chuck Hagel, eventually confirmed as secretary of Defense, and Richard Cordray, whom they're still blocking at the CFPB.
Just this month, Republicans once again filibustered Caitlin Halligan, whom Obama first designated to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals more than two years ago.
The story isn’t much better for nominees who do get confirmed. On Monday, the Senate confirmed Richard Taranto for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 484 days after he was nominated. He was confirmed 91-0. Friday marked one year since Obama nominated Patty Shwartz to serve on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals; her nomination is still pending.
These filibusters show that there's really no length Republicans won't go to to try to destroy government. They have no respect for the institution of the Senate, its history and their own singular role in governing. They aren't bound by their own promises, as Harry Reid has painfully (and inevitably) learned.
If even Obama is urging drastic action, it's time for drastic action. Please sign our petition urging Harry Reid to re-open the process of filibuster reform in the Senate.