President Barack Obama selected Bacharach in January 2012 to fill the position vacated by Robert Henry in 2010. Despite widespread bipartisan backing, the nomination languished as Senate Republicans slow-played it in hopes that the GOP would take the White House in the presidential election and subsequently allow a President Romney to make such appointments.
Even Oklahoma Republican Sens. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn, both of whom strongly endorsed Bacharach, played along; last summer, the pair voted “present” when Democrats unsuccessfully tried to force a Senate confirmation vote. In the end, Bacharach fell short of the 60 votes needed.
But numbers, like political courage, can be flexible. On Feb. 25, Bacharach won Senate confirmation 93-0. Inhofe called the newly confirmed judge his “best friend” while Coburn was even more lavish in his praise.
Chicken-Fried News is certainly impressed with all the accolades about the judge — who happens to be the older brother of this rag’s editor-in-chief — but we must take issue with Coburn’s assessment that “you cannot find a blemish on this man in terms of his personal integrity.”
Where’s the integrity in overachieving just for the sake of making your younger brother look like a comparative slacker? Where’s the integrity in having beat the crap out of that aforementioned brother? And would it kill him to pick up the tab once in a while?
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