“Here’s a disturbing statistic from the People for the American Way, and I’m quoting now: ‘Every district court nominee with unanimous opposition from the Senate Judiciary committee Republicans has been a woman or a person of color.’ You know, people forget that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was first nominated to an appeals court back in the day by President Clinton, but Republicans wouldn’t allow her a vote on that nomination. Then, when President Obama nominated her to be the third woman to ever serve on our high court, the same Republicans complained she didn’t have the experience as a judge — even though they were the ones who kept her off the bench.
And meanwhile, nominees for jobs shaping economic policy - obviously the No. 1 issue in this country - have been totally shut down. Obama nominated Nobel economist Peter Diamond to the Federal Reserve Board over a year ago. Republicans filibustered, he was renominated two more times, and he ultimately withdrew in disgust.”