Now that the ‘nuclear option’ has been invoked, don’t count on smooth sailing for the 231 presidential nominees waiting to be confirmed by the Senate.
Molly Ball explains: “That’s because the filibuster … wasn’t the only bottleneck in the long and convoluted process of getting presidential appointments through the Senate. So while [Harry] Reid chastised Republicans for ‘deny[ing] the president his team,’ President Obama’s bench isn’t likely to be suddenly flooded with new players.”
“Two other big bottlenecks—the administration’s difficulty putting up nominees for red-state judgeships and getting them through committee—remain. And even when those are surmounted, the process will still be lengthy and cumbersome. Nominations may well be the key to Obama’s second-term agenda, but they’re not about to suddenly sail through the Senate.”