Bench Memos

Cloture Vote on Southwick Nomination

The cloture vote on Judge Leslie Southwick’s nomination to the Fifth Circuit is set to take place on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.  If cloture is obtained, the Senate will proceed immediately to a final confirmation vote. 


This CQ article—including the news that Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas has said “he will vote for cloture and is leaving toward voting for confirmation of Southwick”—makes me cautiously optimistic that Southwick will be confirmed.  How many moderate, or moderate-posing, Democratic senators can afford to be to her Senator Feinstein’s left on this, especially when the campaign against Southwick has been such a pack of lies?