LAST MONTH Senate Republicans unjustifiably blocked an up-or-down confirmation vote on Caitlin J. Halligan, nominated by President Obama to fill one of four empty spots on one of the country’s top courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Despite her impeccable credentials and the support of conservative legal luminaries, only a single Republican voted to break a GOP filibuster.
How far will this unwarranted obstruction extend?
Wednesday, Post blogger Jonathan Bernstein notes, the country might very well find out. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on the president’s other nominee for the D.C. Circuit, Principal Deputy Solicitor General Sri Srinivasan, whose gold-plated legal resume is outmatched only by the glowing terms conservative advocates such as Theodore B. Olson, Kenneth W. Starr and Paul Clement used in their endorsements of his nomination. Mr. Srinivasan clerked for the Reagan-appointed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; he served with distinction in both the President George W. Bush and Obama Justice Departments. In his current job, his name has been inscribed on some top-rate briefs the government submitted to the Supreme Court.