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Judge Michael Boggs would be a controversial federal judicial nominee if Mitt Romney had won the 2012 election and he had submitted Boggs name for the bench. But Boggs is not a Romney nominee -- he is an Obama nominee.
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.