Republican Brain Trust Sets a Disastrous Precedent On Judge Bounds
July 21, 2018, 11:34 PM
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From the New York Times:

Lessons From a Failed Nomination, for Both Brett Kavanaugh and the Senate

Democrats won a surprising victory in helping to scuttle the nomination of Ryan W. Bounds to a federal appeals court.
By Carl Hulse
July 21, 2018

WASHINGTON — The doors to the Republican cloakroom off the Senate floor swung open and out walked Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who is not usually found in the inner sanctum of the majority party.

He had been buttonholing Republican colleagues, trying to persuade them that racially charged college writings by Ryan W. Bounds, a federal appeals court nominee from Mr. Wyden’s home state, were disqualifying and that he should be rejected. His crusade seemed unlikely to succeed, given that disciplined Senate Republicans have been pushing through Trump administration judicial picks with assembly-line efficiency over the heated complaints of Democrats.

But in a stunning development, the nomination of Mr. Bounds was withdrawn at the last minute on Thursday because of Republican objections, a sharp turn of events with significant implications for both the Senate and the coming showdown over the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Yeah, some of Mr. Bounds’ op-eds for Stanford Review a quarter of a century ago were slightly sophomoric in style, but, then, he was a sophomore. Anyway, you can read all of the “controversial” ones here in Above the Law and see that they are just the usual “content of their character” and Dems R Real Racist mainstream GOP stuff.

But that’s now disqualifying.
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