By Hemant Mehta
In news that’s shocking to nobody, Republicans are trying to push judicial nominees through the confirmation process even though Democrats (and several Republicans) on the judiciary committee are home campaigning. Indeed, that’s the reason they’re going through with the hearings at all — might as well jam these six ultra-conservative nominees through en masse before anyone can push back against them.
It’s a travesty, yet it’s also the only way Republicans seem to operate these days. They know many of these nominees would never make it through a fair process, under critical questioning, so they’re trying to work around it by holding hearings without any Democrats around.
One of the nominees four Republicans were around for yesterday was Allison Jones Rushing, who could have a lifetime appointment to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. One of the four senators around to question her, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), said in his opening remarks to Rushing, “I’m very impressed with you.”
But a number of church/state separation groups are condemning her nomination specifically.
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