It is the responsibility of the President of the United States to appoint federal judges and Supreme Court justices, and the responsibility of the U.S. Senate to "advise and consent" in that process. But in recent years, "advise and consent" has become "obstruct and delay." Now a former federal judge, whose nomination by President George W. Bush to the federal appeals bench was held up for years, has written a book calling for an end to the partisan bitterness that he says threatens the judiciary itself. Charles Pickering calls his book Supreme Chaos.
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