One of the boys at “Blogging Blue” is right upset about this, but often this stuff happens. Not that it looks well for Louis Butler; he does after all have his position at the University of Wisconsin’s Law School.
No formal vote was taken, but the six nominees who were “returned to the White House” for reconsideration and possible renomination “ran into opposition,” said Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
The nominees rejected by the Senate were:
Dawn E. Johnsen: Assistant Attorney General for Office of Legal Counsel
Mary L. Smith: Assistant Attorney General for Tax Division
Christopher H. Schroeder: Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy
Craig Becker: National Labor Relations Board board member
Edward Chen and Louis Butler, U.S. District Court nominees for California and Wisconsin, respectively, were also returned to the White House.
I personal love how the “Blogging Blue” guy is complaining about how Butler is being treated given the 12–7 partisan vote which cleared him in the Judiciary Committee. Hate to say this, but just because someone clears a hurdle in the Senate — at any level — doesn’t mean jack. Holds can happen for any reason (Just ask former Congressman Mark Green before he began his Ambassadorship,) and if that wasn’t going to happen on Loophole Louie, it’s likely Butler may have actually gone down in a full confirmation vote.
After all, if Louis Butler was rejected TWICE by the voters of Wisconsin, who’s the say the entire Senate wouldn’t have had due cause to reject him as well?
Now, it’s up to the Obama White House to decide what to do with the Louis Butler. There are other fine, capable judges in Wisconsin, maybe they will be selected for the judgeship, or maybe Obama will renominated Butler. Time will tell, until then we have another judge selection farce to watch in Wisconsin.
I hope to have more on that in coming days…