Even if someone masters the Senate's arcane rules, they will encounter roadblocks that are written nowhere in the Senate's standing rules and that have little grounding in its history. One of these is a practice that lets each senator veto anyone named to a federal judgeship in their state.
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ThinkProgress' review of the three judges' records suggests that supporters of marriage equality should be cautiously optimistic going that at least two of these judges will side against discrimination.
The sad truth is that lawyers can take lucrative jobs in large corporate law firms and reveal little about their politics in the process. But a lawyer who gives up most of their earning power to serve the public interest outs themself as a passionate advocate for issues that many senators oppose.