This was the question Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) asked of his Majority leader counterpart Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN), who continues to threaten use of the reckless nuclear option. Reid is right to wonder. As mentioned today by Sen. Leahy (D-VT), “the year is…one-third complete and the president has sent only one new nominee. 29 other vacancies sit without nominees.” The White House continues to bemoan the vacancies on the benches; but, thus far President Bush has refused to help move business forward by sending forth reasonable nominees to be confirmed. Senate conservatives demand that judges be given an up-or-down vote; but when Reid named three Bush judicial nominees to send to the floor for an up-or-down vote, Frist rejected the offer.
Again, do Frist and the White House actually want progress on filling court vacancies or is this petty partisan grandstanding going to continue ad nauseam?