BLUE SLIP BLUE PENCILLED

Orrin Hatch yesterday ignored the idiotic ‘blue slip’ rule in pushing through the nomination of an Appeals Court judge despite Barbara Boxer’s objections. It’s one thing to extend Senatorial Courtesy to members of a president’s party on District Court nominees. But to allow an opposition party senator to have an outright veto for an entire judicial circuit is, well, idiotic. (That’s why it’s called “the idotic blue slip rule,” after all.)

I feel obliged to note that the phrase “Scalia in a skirt” evokes images that I’d rather not have evoked, thank you very much.

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James Joyner is a Security Studies professor at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.