Bench Memos

Rubber Stamps

This reminder just in from Senator Cornyn’s office:

Sen. Schumer just lamented the “rubber stamp” approach to the President’s judicial nominees. He brought out his chart showing the overwhelming support by Republicans on judicial nominees. He said that “what I’m concerned about is a leader-led rubber stamp.” This is a curious complaint from a Senator who never voted against a single Clinton nominee.

He’s not alone, neither did the other Democrat Senators regularly heard speaking out on this issue.

For example, Sens. Kennedy, Feinstein, Murray, Biden, Durbin, Leahy, Dorgan and Dodd never voted against any Carter, Clinton (or in Sen. Kennedy’s case, Johnson or Kennedy) judicial nominees.

Perhaps the “rubber stamp” attack isn’t the best choice.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can provide anything further on this, or any other matter.

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