President Obama has withdrawn the nomination of Caitlin J. Halligan, a prominent New York lawyer, to serve on an important federal appeals court in Washington, blaming Republicans for blocking her confirmation twice.First, to Harry Reid: It was such a good idea to soft pedal filibuster reform. Here's hoping that the Senate Democrats will choose a new leader in 2014.
The president formally notified the Senate of his decision on Friday, after Ms. Halligan requested that her name be withdrawn from consideration. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is widely viewed as the most important federal appellate court because it reviews many cases on the government’s authority.
“I am deeply disappointed that even after nearly two and a half years, a minority of senators continued to block a simple up-or-down vote on her nomination,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “This unjustified filibuster obstructed the majority of senators from expressing their support. I am confident that with Caitlin’s impressive qualifications and reputation, she would have served with distinction.”
Obama needs to show some guts.
The DC Court of Appeals is effectively the 2nd highest court in the land, and it is the one that is shortest staffed, because the 'Phants are filibustering any appointment to the court.
Rolling over and playing dead is not a winning proposition.