Originally created 07/18/02

Partisanship stifles confirmations



I am disappointed at the partisan games Sens. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Pat Leahy, D-Vt., have been playing with President George W. Bush's judicial nominees. These Democrat Senate leaders have created a crisis in the federal courts.

Mr. Bush has nominated more than 100 men and women. They are within the mainstream of American legal opinion, and all of the pending nominees thus far have received either a well-qualified or qualified rating from the American Bar Association.

Judges make decisions that help safeguard the marketplace and address the grievances of those who have been wronged. Because of the number of vacancies in our nation's courts, Americans are being forced to wait for justice.

I hope for more than partisan politics from our nation's leaders. Messrs. Daschle and Leahy need to end their stonewalling and confirm President Bush's judicial nominees.

Patricia McArdle, Augusta