Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Put the pedal to the metal!
From the AP, Democrats Grill Appeals Court Nominee. Yeah, but:
Republicans pushed three U.S. Appeals Court nominees through a confirmation hearing Wednesday and prepared for a politically charged vote on a fourth in an effort to make good on promises to speed up approval of federal judicial nominees.

"These nominees have been languishing in the committee," said new Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who plans on using his one-vote committee majority advantage to push nominees quickly to the Senate floor, where Republicans hold a two-vote advantage.

Democrats complained about the expedited schedule, which they said forced them to question three judges on the same day instead of taking them one at a time...

"It seems part of a headlong effort to pack the courts," said Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the committee's top Democrat.

"Scheduling any three circuit court nominees for a hearing on one day makes it difficult to perform adequately our constitutional duty," said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.
Makes it hard to fit in a 5 martini lunch, eh Ted?
"I think we ought to be able to move ahead and I'm prepared to do what I have to do," he (Hatch) said.
Sometimes Orrin comes through!