As Pacenti reports, the Senate placed Kathy Williams nomination on its "consent calendar."
Whatever that means.
Senator Nelson's office offers this wisdom: "Williams’ confirmation is imminent as long as there are no objections."
No shit, Sherlock. Ya' think?
Man, despite her veneer of unflappability, this has to be difficult on Kathy. And it underscores again that politics prevents good people from putting their lives on hold to seek appointment to the Bench or some other important position.
Fortunately for the Southern District, Kathy is tough as nails and has the mettle to wait this out.
YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN?
Check out this NY Times article on Senate Republicans blocking a vote on the nomination of Goodwin Liu to the Ninth Ciruit. Apparently, all because Liu spoke out against Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court. Such petty partisanship. But, this is the way the "game" is played in Washington.
Senator Jefferson Beauregard (I shit you not) Sessions, III, Republican of Alabama, said
Beauregard can hold a grudge. Remember 1986, when Ronnie nominated him to the District Court for the Southern District of Alabama? He didn't make it because FOUR of the assistants working under him when he was the US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama testified that he made rascist comments to them.
Don't believe me?
One of those lawyers, J. Gerald Hebert, testified that Sessions had referred to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as "un-American" and "Communist-inspired" because they "forced civil rights down the throats of people."
Thomas Figures, a black Assistant U.S. Attorney, testified that Sessions said he thought the Klan was "OK until I found out they smoked pot." Sessions also called Mr. Figures "boy" and told him to be careful what he said to white folks. In his defense, little Jeffy said that "his remarks were taken out of context or meant in jest." Really, you in-bred, backwater rascist weasel? HAHAHAHA just kidding! That's a joke, Beau! Please don't take it out of context!
This guy would call Jeff Sessions a dipshit. I am not calling Jeff Sessions a dipshit. Nor would I ever call Jeff Session a dipshit. I think that calling Jeff Sessions a dipshit, would be inappropriate.
He's just an angry little man, who has become more sophisticated in plying his anti-American obstructionism and zealot agenda.
Sweet Home Alabama, indeed.