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6. Let's see what Nowacki had to say about politicizing the DoJ in 2002 ...
Judge The Senate Judiciary Committee Not By What It Says, But What It Has Done
By John Nowacki Commentary
June 06, 2002

<snip>If you judged them by what they say, you'd think they were serious about ending what they've called a vacancy crisis in the judiciary. That they cared about making sure that litigants before overburdened courts had access to justice. Or that nominees and (bush) himself should be dealt with fairly.

Leahy has also said nominees should get a Senate vote within 60 days . . . but Estrada was nominated 393 days ago. Leahy has said the D.C. Circuit's docket is "by far the most complex and difficult in the nation," but with four of 12 seats on that court empty, Leahy hasn't done a thing to fill those vacancies.

Instead, he's looked for excuses to stall and delay. Last month, he seized the opportunity after several special interest groups asked him to deny Estrada a hearing until September, claiming - a year after Estrada's nomination - that they needed time to examine the nominee's record. Not that the extra time for dirt digging will prove useful; a staffer at a group opposing Estrada admitted several months ago that they really didn't have anything on him.

This slow walk on confirmations comes in part from the Democrats' desire to politicize the judiciary. Although they acknowledge that politicization will damage the judiciary's independence, they've still openly embraced political or ideological litmus tests for potential judges. They'd like nothing better than to have nominees who meet their new burden of proof by declaring for the record that they hold certain acceptable political beliefs, all while saying that they would never, ever allow those acceptable political beliefs influence the decisions they render while on the bench.

John Nowacki is Director of Legal Policy at the Free Congress Foundation.

The hypocrisy of the GOP has no bounds.
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