Federal Judicial Appointments: Playing Hardball

New York Times OP-ED Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Empty Bench Syndrome, by Jonathan Bernstein

“On Monday (2/7/11) the Senate finally confirmed three federal judges nominated by President Obama last year, thanks to a deal between the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, and his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.” 

“There is a vacancy crisis in the federal judiciary system, the result, according to Democrats, of more than a year of Republican obstruction of President Obama’s nominations… The Republicans have managed to slow the process to a crawl by deploying an array of delaying tactics, like demanding the full 30 hours of debate allowed after a filibuster is defeated.”

This is hardball--but the majority (Democrats) can fight back.  For example, the Democrats could push the extra time required by the Republicans’ tactics to the weekends…”

One can deduce from the part of the article quoted above that politicians playing hardball make getting judicial appointments difficult.  The sport of “hardball” or baseball is considered more difficult than playing softball where a softer ball is used rather than a  hard one.

Please see the sports idioms, hardball and softball, in the http://www.sportsidioms.com website.  Thanks.

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