Richard Shelby (R-AL) is blocking all of President Obama’s outstanding nominations (over 70) in a battle over an earmark for his state. He needs to stop. Not only is it wrong, but it’s politically stupid: It gives the White House a rhetorical weapon to wield against the GOP’s legitimate opposition to some nominees (most recently Patricia Smith, who was confirmed as Solicitor of Labor despite lying to Congress).

(Via the Corner.)

UPDATE: Some are pointing out that Harry Reid did this once too. Okay, but that’s not much of a defense. (Via the Corner.)

UPDATE: Shelby has now lifted most of his holds. (Via Volokh.)

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