Note to Emily Bazelon: For Christ’s sake, real people are not fireworks fodder

Perhaps she didn’t mean it the way I took it, but I found Ms. Bazelon’s concluding remarks about the three people nominated to the D.C. Circuit today and what may happen to them in the Senate to be depressing beyond belief.  Apparently itching for a fight, and (fairly, in my view) excoriating the Republicans for their mistreatment of judicial nominees, Bazelon concluded her Slate article this way: “And the third option is that GOP stonewalling finally pushes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to smash the filibuster to bits, or at least blunt its power to kill the president’s judicial and Cabinet nominees.  . . .  [T]he third would be the best fireworks.”  Emily Bazelon, Obama’s Fight Song (Finally) The president is getting aggressive about his judicial nominees. It’s about time, (Posted Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at 5:03 PM) (emphasis added).

We are talking about real people who have real lives, real families and real feelings.  They ought not to be thought of as fodder for the “best fireworks” that some liberal (or conservative) commentator is desperately hoping will provide more grist for the stupid and venal Washington mill.

RGK

2 responses

  1. It has been rare that an individual vetted and nominated for a Federal Judgeship turns out to be unqualified for that job. The democrats at times acted unfairly in blocking nominees by Bush II but the republicans have taken it to a new level under Obama and especially over these D.C. vacancies (see e.g. http://legalnewsline.com/news/242102-ark-congressman-introduces-stop-court-packing-act-to-eliminate-three-d-c-circuit-seats). Do they even know what Court packing is? I think Congress needs to teach a course in basic civics. You can start here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Court_packing. Spoiler alert: it has nothing to do with filling empty seats!

  2. Daniel,

    Thanks for your comment. For my money, the Senate should be concerned about how many judges district courts and appellate courts really need. That said, such an inquiry should probably be conducted in a systematic manner and in some setting other than a confirmation hearing.

    All the best.

    RGK

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