No hurry, take your time

The Republicans have been stonewalling lower court judges. Politico last July:

The GOP-controlled Senate is on track this year to confirm the fewest judges since 1969, a dramatic escalation of the long-running partisan feud over the ideological makeup of federal courts.

The standoff, if it continues through the 2016 elections as expected, could diminish the stamp that President Barack Obama leaves on the judiciary — a less conspicuous but critical part of his legacy. Practically, the makeup of lower-level courts could directly affect a number of Obama’s policies expected to face legal challenges from conservatives.

They’ve been breaking the government, in short.

Republicans appear willing to absorb criticism that they’re interfering with the prerogative of a president to pick his nominees in the hope that the GOP can get its own judges installed in 2017, with one of their own in the White House. In the meantime, federal courts could be left with dozens of unfilled vacancies. More than two dozen federal courts have declared “ judicial emergencies” because of excessive caseloads caused by vacancies.

But hey, who cares about the law and the courts and getting the work done when there are political points to be scored.

Republicans say there’s little reason to shift gears with a lame-duck president in office and hopes running high that they will win the White House.

Wtf? So they get to stop doing what they’re supposed to be doing just because a president has only a couple of years left in office? That’s how that’s supposed to work? I don’t think so!

I guess it’s an illusion to think there are any grownups anywhere.

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