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July 09, 2009



I wish Judge Williams the best in her battle against her illness. I might add, the Fourth Circuit has been "historically conservative" only if one has a short memory. When it was controlled by Marylanders (in the fifties, sixties and seventies), rather than Virginians, it was one of the most liberal courts in the country. That these things run in cycles is one of the strengths of this Country.

It's embarrassing that Lindsey Graham would exploit Judge Williams' sickness to repeat his familiar confusion of "conservative" with "well-reasoned." Even Judge Wilkinson had the good sense to restrict his comments to Judge Williams' personal qualities. I suppose that's why one is a judge and the other is a politician.


Fourth Circuit has a long history of Senators obstructing nominees by abusing home state privileges. Jesse Helms blocked every North Carolina nominee Clinton came up with, and later Democrats returned favour by blocking Bush's nominees from Maryland.


What's the problem in filling these empty seats? With five vacancies, you would think Obama would begin to at least nominate a few more people to fill those spots.

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