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A Symbolic Step on Judges

GIVEN HIS PLEDGES of bipartisanship after this month's elections, President Bush's decision to resubmit a crop of his most controversial judicial nominations strikes a discordant note. Democrats have opposed most of these nominees for good reasons. Mr. Bush has next to no chance of getting them confirmed in the lame-duck session, still less of one when Democrats take over in January. Renominating them now, therefore, smacks of GOP chest-thumping and a gratuitous thumbing of the nose at bipartisanship. To be sure, Mr. Bush, like his predecessor, has a legitimate gripe about the manner in which the Senate has treated his judicial nominees, some of whom have had to wait unduly long periods without receiving the courtesy of a vote. Mr. Bush is clearly trying to emphasize that the Senate owes the presidency and its nominees timely and reasonable consideration. But insisting on nominations that the other side regards as unsuitable when they have no prospect of success is hardly the way to make this point....
 
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