The U.S. Senate Republicans has again re-enforced the thought that the GOP doesn't like D.C. by blocking the nomination of Patricia Millett to U.S. Appeals Court for the Washington, D.C., Circuit.
Republicans successfully banned together to prevent Millett's nomination to clear a procedural vote; the President's choice was five votes shy of the 60 needed (55 - 38).
GOP officials remarked they oppose her nomination because they're concerned the political balance of power in the D.C. Circuit court would be swayed (court packing). Additionally, they don't generally see a need for a swift confirmation in the courts due to the circuit's small caseload, which leads many onlookers to assume they're willing to confirm her, but use the confirmation as a bargaining tool of sorts.
But in 2003, the U.S. Senate wasted no time to confirm John Roberts to sit on the court - and two years later he was sworn in as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Many believe the D.C. Circuit court to be second only to the U.S. Supreme Court in most important courts in the country.
The Grand Ol' Party members didn't stop there, they also blocked the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt (D) to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which manages D.C.-based mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; despite the White House reapplied pressure on Republican senators to get support Obama’s approval of Watt.
In relation to Watt, several GOP senators believe a politician isn't needed - but rather someone with more experience in mortgage finance.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) is unsure if the Senate would reconsider Millett's nomination.