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“ The blue slip practice, for example, partially explains why the Eleventh Circuit, which includes the crucial state of Florida, is not an especially liberal court despite the fact that 8 of its 11 active judges were appointed by Democratic presidents. It also forces President Obama to seek permission from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) before he can fill two vacancies on the conservative Fifth Circuit, or to get permission from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) before he can fill a seat on the conservative Sixth Circuit.”

Why is why, as long as the GOP wants to play hardball and violate their oaths of office, it is time to do away with the Blue Slip privilege, which is neither democratic nor Constitutional.

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