While Dick Durbin, one of the nastiest partisans in the Senate, calls for bipartisanship (see John’s post below), his partner in obstruction, Chuck Schumer, pretends to be offended that President Bush has re-submitted six judicial nominees who were returned to the President at the beginning of the pre-election recess. A “slap-in-the-face,” Schumer calls it.
But Ed Whelan reminds us of the real story here:
Senate Democrats took the extraordinary step, before the summer recess and again before the pre-election recess, of returning these nominations to the White House. Not once, I am informed, did Senate Republicans ever deny President Clinton the courtesy of holding nominations over during an intrasession recess (or even an intersession recess within a Congress). President Bush