There are currently 84 federal judgeships that are vacant - about one out of ten - and the courts have been struggling to handle their caseloads.
Senator Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the Senate... wants the entire Senate to simply vote on these appointments. Yes or no ? Up or Down ? Just vote !
Senate Republicans have been stalling... holding up simple Up or Down votes on these nominations. They have been using the Filibuster... which is a legal tool for them to use... but in doing so... they are causing a major log-jam in the Federal Courts.
So... what to do ?
OK... I am a "Progressive." Yeah... ok, I am a Liberal. But let's not even take my opinion, or the opinion of ANY Progressive or Democrat.
How about if we take the opinion of a conservative who is very well respected by Republicans. He is James Dobson... long-time former Head of, and Founder of the Family Research Council.
Dr Dobson, revered by the great majority of Conservative Christians... said that "judicial filibusters are a direct attack on the future of democracy and ordered liberty." If it sounds like he was saying that the Senate's use of the filibuster to hold up Up of Down votes on judicial nominations really ticked him off... well, it did.
Or... we could ask Pat Robertson... of the 700 Club... who is an far-right conservative.
Perhaps we could ask Rod Parsley, TV Televangelist ? Or Tony Perkins, or Gary Bauer, or Lou Sheldon or Frank Pavone ?
OK... let's ask ALL of them. Just to see what they have to say. Here's a video showing the opinions on using the filibuster to hold up Up or Down votes of federal judges...
These religious leaders made these claims when George W. Bush was president. But, of course, that doesn't matter because - in the words of Senator John Cornyn, Republican Senator from Texas... he said... "we need to treat all nominees exactly the same, regardless of whether they're nominated by a Democrat or a Republican president.