… From one Congress to the next, the change is only who blocks judicial nominees and who screams about the blocking. Apparently in this Congress the affirmation process has so slowed that 10% of positions are not filled. In the spirit of the State of the Union coming on Tuesday night, here’s a word about the state of the courts. It’s bad enough that Chief Justice John Roberts commented:

“Each political party has found it easy to turn on a dime from decrying to defending the blocking of judicial nominations, depending on their changing political fortunes,” [Supreme Court Chief Justice John] Roberts said this month in his year-end report. “This has created acute difficulties for some judicial districts. Sitting judges in those districts have been burdened with extraordinary caseloads.”

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about working across the aisle. This seems to be an opportunity…