GOP playing hardball on judges?

From a reader email:

Politico reported Tuesday that “a plan by GOP leaders to slow down Senate business to protest Leslie Southwick’s stalled judicial nomination” may be playing out in the Judiciary Committee. The evidence:

“Senate Judiciary Committee business stalled last week after all but two Republicans failed to show up at two panel meetings on Thursday, preventing a quorum and frustrating Democrats, who had to adjourn in spite of a full docket.”

The article adds that “Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) denied any such conspiracy.” But, as Roll Call reminded us in July, McConnell “threatened to hold up [Senate] business if Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) fails to clear an average of one circuit court nominee through the chamber each month.” Democrats have fallen far short of that pace so far, despite Reid’s promise to the contrary. Moreover, history teaches that deniability is an essential element of any slowdown. So draw your own conclusions.

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