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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

RI Nominee Left Out of Senate Judicial Confirmation Deal

I have posted numerous times before about John J. "Jack" McConnell, Jr., nominated to the R.I. District Court by Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed.

McConnell, by far the largest campaign donor ever nominated to the federal judiciary, has been opposed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the first time the Chamber ever opposed a nominee to the District Court.

Back in November, it appeared that Democrats would attempt to force a vote on McConnell and three other controversial Democratic nominees, but it appears that that will not happen.

As reported by a variety of sources, it appears that Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have agreed to confirm over a dozen Obama nominees in exchange for Democrats not seeking votes on McConnell and three others.

It is unclear if the deal includes an agreement not to nominate McConnell in the next Congress, or if it only is good for this term.

Sheldon Whitehouse previously has threatened retaliation against future Republican nominees if McConnell were filibustered.

I'm not sure this story is over.

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  1. I agree this isn't the end game. Whatever shall happen next for this guy will either show us everything wrong with the process or, fingers crossed, good vs. evil and good wins.

    "The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back."

    Abigail Van Buren

  2. Congratulations. You've led the pack on this guy. According to the AP, Goodwin Liu is also on the outside, looking in.


    Now we have to hope that there are no recess appointments of these clowns.