Gary Andres in the Washington

Gary Andres in the Washington Times discusses the outlook for President Bush’s judicial nominees the second time around. In the new Senate, the nominees can no longer be bottled up in the Judiciary Committee. Andres notes, though, that some Democrats are suggesting stalling the nominees on the Senate floor, where the Republicans would need 60 votes to end a filibuster. Andres regards this prospect as unlikely and a “political deadend” for the Democrats. I suspect that the Dems may try to identify one or two nominees they can characterize as “well outside the mainstream” and obstruct them. However, the overwhelming majority of nominees should now sail through.