The "main culprit," according to the editorial, "is an unprecedented level of Republican obstructionism."
The editorial, "The Missing Judges," states:
In the last Congress, Republicans typically refused to publicly explain their opposition to individual nominees and their prolonged blockade of candidates who had cleared the [Senate Judiciary Committee] either unanimously or with just a couple of negative votes. Between Congress's return from its August recess and the start of the lame duck session, Senate Republicans consented to vote on just a single nomination.
The editorial also notes that four "other nominees approved by the committee by a party-line vote were also denied Senate consideration," including the nomination of Berkeley Law School professor Goodwin Liu, "a well-qualified law professor and legal scholar whose main problem for Republicans, it seems, is his potential to fill a future Supreme Court vacancy."
NPR reported this afternoon that President Obama will renominate "more than a dozen candidates for judicial positions on the federal courts," including Liu.
To track vacancies on the federal bench and status of judicial nominations, visit JudicialNominations.org.