We might as well, since President Obama and Senator McConnell did the same the other day:
President Obama and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell had their first one-on-one meeting today, and it dealt primarily with one topic: Confirming judges.Hmm, that's not good.
Or, more precisely, Republican holds on Obama judicial nominees.
"Right now there are 12 federal judicial nominees that have passed the Judiciary Committee with a unanimous vote," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said before the meeting. "There are other judges that have been through the process and approved by the Judiciary Committee."
The meeting concerned "a direct discussion about moving those judges," Gibbs said.
The president is "rightly frustrated" at a pace that is "unrivaled and unmatched in its slowness," Gibbs said, and he added that some recess appointments may be in the offing.
According to ACS' nifty website judicialnominations.org, there are now 100 vacancies out of 867 seats on the federal bench.
So that's roughly 10 percent of the judicial branch, with nominees cooling their heels for indefinite periods while they await an uncertain fate in the Senate.
My guess is this will have some deleterious institutional effects on the federal justice system, but what do I know?
This is SFL, hoping I'm wrong (again).