With judicial nominations continuing to stall and no known Supreme Court vacancies on the horizon, “there are no excuses” for not filling the vacancies on our federal courts, ACS Board Member Linda Greenhouse writes in The New York Times.
Greenhouse’s piece comes on the same day as a CNN report documenting the “dire situation caused by a massive [judicial] nominee logjam on Capitol Hill.”
That judges are “among a president’s most important legacies is an observation so obvious as to be platitudinous,” she writes, blaming both Republicans and Democrats for continued obstruction.
The Republicans’ strategy in blocking nominees, she asserts, is not about “anything that the Republicans say or imply it’s about” other than blocking judges who may eventually arise as nominees for future Supreme Court vacancies.
But, she asks, why hasn’t Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “scheduled a vote that would dare the Republicans to state their objections” to D.C. Court of Appeals nominee Caitlin Halligan, whose “qualifications are beyond a possible doubt” and who has nothing senators can hold against her but “excellence and career potential”?
And why hasn’t President Barack Obama made more judicial nominations?
“[Y]ou can’t confirm someone who hasn’t been nominated,” she writes.