Franken in mind

(Scott Johnson) Yesterday we covered the fate of the blue slip used by home state Senators to block judicial nominees. We heard from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell via Fred Barnes and from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley via Taylor Foy.
What’s happening here isn’t exactly clear, but Senator Grassley’s reference to disregarding withheld blue slips on a case by case basis involving “abuse” of the practice — can in my view have no one other than Minnesota’s own Al Franken in mind. Franken is withholding his blue slip to block the Senate’s consideration of Justice David Stras as a nominee to the Eighth Circuit. On the basis of nothing he can point to in Justice Stras’s scholarly or judicial record, Franken seeks to kill the Stras nomination.
Jennifer Brooks covers the Franken factor in her Star Tribune story “Franken digs in against GOP against rule for nominating judges.” Brooks

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