UPDATE via a Politico email alert:
Senate Republicans blocked the nomination of Nina Pillard to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, escalating the fight over President Barack Obama's judicial nominations. The Senate voted 56-41, falling shy of the 60 votes needed to advance the nomination.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is super ultra double dog daring Senate Democrats to go nuclear on filibuster rules by changing the number of votes needed for nominees from 60 to 51. He's puffing out what little there is of his chest and actually daring them to go there. That way, he snorts, more Justice Scalias and Thomases will get appointed by the GOP.
"All I can say is this -- be careful what you wish for. So if the Democrats are bent on changing the rules, then I say go ahead," he said. "There are a lot more Scalias and [Clarence] Thomases that we'd love to put on the bench. The nominees we'd nominate and put on the bench with 51 votes would interpret the constitution as it was written."
Really, Chucky? So you would join the Dems and vote "aye"? After all, you clearly believe that such a move would benefit your side.
Meantime, Republicans have blocked and blocked and blocked again. At this point, more damage is being done by all the obstruction and lack of governance than would be done by adopting new rules to allow the norm: A chance for President Obama's nominees to actually get a-- What's it called again? Oh yeah-- vote.
Instead, the GOP is preventing courts from functioning as they should, which is bad for all of us, even Republicans.