As an addendum to the earlier post on nominations, here is a nifty graph from The Monkey Cage on the declining confirmation rate for judicial nominations:
Sarah Blinder offers an explanation:
Who is to blame for the frequent impasse over judges? Today, Republicans argue that too many of Obama's nominees are unfit ideologically for the bench; Democrats argue that Republicans are exploiting the rules for political gain. Given the patterns here, however, the chief justice is clearly correct: No party is innocent in the struggle to shape the ideoogical makeup of the bench.
-- Jamelle Bouie