Fox News commentator Juan Williams takes aim at political gamesmanship aimed at courts in a blistering column for The Hill, headlined “The GOP’s judicial logjam.” And despite the headline, he has blame to dish out on all sides.
Noting that the Republican-led Senate’s current rate of confirmation for federal judges puts it on pace to reach the lowest number of such confirmations since 1969, Williams calls it “just one of the many political backroom plots being played out in the Senate over control of the nation’s courts.” He writes that the GOP strategy has also emerged in the presidential race, as candidates take aim at a Supreme Court that is seeing dramatically lower approval ratings among Republican voters. “Between the Senate Republicans’ success at clogging the judicial appointment process and the burst of harsh rhetoric, there is a growing risk of a serious erosion of the public trust in the nation’s judicial system,” Williams adds.
Meanwhile, he remarks that “Obama also is playing the dangerous game”: neglecting thus far to nominate anyone to fill 47 of 63 vacant seats on the federal bench.
“Can the Senate expect better results with a President Hillary Clinton or President Bernie Sanders? How about President Jeb Bush or President Donald Trump? Most likely it will be more of the same,” Williams concludes.