February 16, 2003
Recess Appointments

Radley Balko posted this little nugget at his site, and it had me laughing so hard at the Democratic Party that I had to nick it. He is discussing the filibuster of Miguel Estrada's nomination.

Laura Ingraham, whom I normally find a little annoying, had a delicious suggestion on Imus this morning. Given the Democrats' obstruction of the Estrada nomination, she said that Bush too should make a recess apointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals — but that he should appoint....are you ready?....Robert Bork! — the judge whom the Democrats blackballed back in the Reagan administration to start this fifteen-year game of good-for-the-goose in the first place.

I almost wet my pants I was laughing so hard. Such an idea is so incredibly, offensively "in your face" that I don't think it will happen. However, if Bush appoints a bunch of far-right judges during the recess (even with the proviso that they won't get a regular nomination), it might end the Democratic Party's hypocritical blocks on well-qualified nominees. The Democrats need to stop applying litmus tests on judges, a practice that undeniably started with Robert Bork during the Reagan Administration.

posted on February 16, 2003 04:43 PM


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