The press is full of stories suggesting that the White House and congressional Republicans hope to use the judge issue to fire up the conservative base. Maybe so, but it would help to have some more nominees. It was one thing to complain about Democratic obstruction when numerous nominees were being blocked — and the nominees had stellar credentials. Now, however, there are quite a few judicial vacancies for which the White House has yet to put forward nominees. The Administration may well be prepared to announce a new batch of nominations, but they may come too late for the Senate to queue up before the fall. The clock is ticking.