GOP’s Undeclared War Against Obama

Oct 27, 2009 11:30am

We may be more focused on the partisan wrangling over health care and troop commitments in Afghanistan, but as Slate's David Kendall points out, the parties are at a stalemate in a less visible way as well.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's nomination sailed through the Senate without much of a political fight. But according to Kendall's count, only three of Obama's 22 lower court nominees have been confirmed so far. Two more were approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in early June and still have not received a floor vote.

Legislative delay-tactics over federal judgeships are nothing new. Both sides of the aisle have engaged in such wrangling for years. But Kendall argues the Republican party is taking these delays to a new level.

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