That was the message of this letter six republican Senators sent to the President on June 16. Unfortunately, it does not seem to have had much effect — at least not yet. The rate at which the President has named new nominees has been disturbingly slow since the initial nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court, though it appears the process began to drag even earilier. Judicial watchers increasingly point the finger at White House Counsel Harriet Miers for slowing things down. Whatever the reason, there are too many vacancies without nominees. the federal judicial center lists 43 vacancies, with only 16 pending nominees — and more vacancies are on the way. Other than the obstruction of a few controversial nominees, the real slowdown in the judicial confirmation process is no longer in the Senate, but the White House.