Obama's nominees to the bench are waiting too long.

The law, lawyers, and the court.
Oct. 26 2009 9:34 AM

The Bench in Purgatory

The new Republican obstructionism on Obama's judicial nominees.

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The molasses treatment Republicans are giving Obama's consensus judicial nominees should convince President Obama that accommodation is fruitless. Republicans are spoiling for a fight over judges, bucked up by an energized base and polling that indicates that such a fight will help them. Obama cannot avoid a confrontation. And those of us who care deeply about a well-functioning judicial branch should work now to stop this new form of obstructionism.

Correction, Oct. 26, 2009: Gerard Lynch's name was originally misspelled in this article. (Return to the corrected sentence.)

Doug Kendall is president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, a think tank, law firm, and action center dedicated to the progressive promise of the Constitution's text and history.