I think this is one of those goose/gander things.
Via Roll Call:
With less than four and a half months until Election Day, Senate Republicans are shutting off the bipartisan spigot when it comes to confirming President Barack Obama’s nominees to the nation’s top courts and will present a unified front against his circuit court picks through November.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) made the decision to blockade nominations official Wednesday when he informed his colleagues that he would invoke the “Thurmond Rule” from now until after the elections.
Named after the late Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) — and alternately called the “Leahy Rule” by some Republicans after Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) — the doctrine holds that within six months of a presidential election, the opposition party can, and typically does, refuse to allow votes on circuit court judges.
I know this will shock you, but Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe Won’t Abide By ‘Thurmond Rule’.
It’s mid-June, in less than 5 months we may (hopefully) find out Obama is One and Done. Yet we should push through federal Appeals Court judges who will serve for life in these waning months? If there is someone who is non-ideological and truly acceptable to both parties, then put him/her through. But allow Obama to pack the Courts at this late date?
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