by Nicole Flatow
At the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting this weekend, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) urged his conservative friends to stop obstructing President Obama’s qualified judicial nominees, even as Graham has moved to block a string of appeals court nominees rated unanimously well-qualified by the organization he was addressing.
“If President Obama wins a second term, it is not appropriate for us to try to stop all of his nominees because we don’t adhere to his philosophy,” Graham told an audience of ABA members. “It’s only appropriate when the person is not qualified for the job.”
But over the past year, Graham has obstructed multiple nominees that received the ABA's highest rating for qualifications, including Robert Bacharach, Caitlin Halligan, Goodwin Liu and Andrew Hurwitz. And in another obstructionist move, Graham threatened last April to block votes on every pending nominee until funding was allocated to a study on the Port of Charleston.