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The GOP currently enjoys a world where their legal heroes can reach the highest pinnacles of the federal judiciary, while similarly-situated progressives languish behind filibusters or are never nominated at all. And now Republicans risk upending that world because they want even more.
Senate Republicans signaled Thursday that they would rather keep a key federal appeals court seat empty than fill it with a moderate Obama nominee, even if it means Democrats resort to the nuclear option.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the senior-most member of the Senate, has a warning for his Republican colleagues -- either they back off their efforts to maintain Republican control over a powerful federal court, or they could lose their ability to filibuster judicial nominees forever.
ENDA will soon get a full vote in the Senate — and possibly its first passage there ever — but it still needs one more vote before the employment protections for the LGBT community can be brought to the floor.
Control of the second most powerful court in the country hinges upon what the Senate does in the coming weeks. The court is likely to remain staunchly Republican unless Democrats rally behind the nuclear option.