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You want a scandal? Here’s a scandal.

Want a real Washington scandal — one worse than the (phony) Benghazi scandal and the (apparently real, but apparently limited) IRS scandals combined? Try the continuing, and possibly accelerating, obstruction of executive branch nominees by Senate Republicans.

. . . Republicans, by abusing their Constitutional powers, are — deliberately, in several cases — preventing the government from carrying out duly passed laws. . .

. . . with virtually all nominees required to have 60 votes, one can accurately say that Republicans are filibustering every nomination. But perhaps the worst are the “nullification” filibusters, in which Republicans simply refuse to approve any nominee at all for some positions — the National Labor Relations Board, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — because they don’t want those agencies to carry out their statutory obligations. . .


This scandal is as much on Senate Democrats as it is on Republicans. They had the chance to put a stop to this treasonous obstruction but embraced the desires of their obstructionist colleagues over those of their constituents. Now we all pay.

Worse, if Republicans take control of the Senate before many of the judge positions are filled, then we will pay for Democrat timidity for many years to come.
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