Thursday, March 14, 2002

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE: President Bush criticized the Senate Judiciary Committee's rejection of District Judge Pickering's nomination today:
"By failing to allow full Senate votes on judicial nominees, a few senators are standing in the way of justice," Bush had said. Democrats "seek to undermine the nominations of candidates who agree with my philosophy that judges should interpret the law and not try to make law from the bench," the president said at his news conference a little less than 24 hours before the committee met.
Too bad he didn't spend some political capital to defend Judge Pickering when it might have counted for something. My principled side bemoans this latest blow and insult to the president's power to appoint judicial nominees. My political side hopes that Republicans will have a long memory and force-feed the Democrats some of their own medicine next time their man is in the White House.

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