And, just like that, the Senate has approved 60-some nominations today, mostly executive branch (via the invaluable Senatus). That's on top of three district judges approved yesterday. It's not quite half of the nominations that have cleared committee and are awaiting floor action.
Looking through the list, today's group is a mixed bag. We have quite a few new members of obscure and presumably noncontroversial panels, such as five confirmations for the National Museum and Library Services Board. We have members of less obscure governing panels, such as the NLRB and NTSB. There are a bunch of US Attorneys and US Marshals. There are also political appointees to the Departments of Labor, Education, HHS (two there), and Defense.
This hardly solves the problem; there's still a large backlog. However, from the beginning of the Obama Administration, there's been a double problem -- the Senate has not only stalled on controversial nominations, even those with strong majorities, but also on all the rest of the nominations. There are still going to be fights over nominees that Republicans oppose, and I still think that the administration and Congress are vetting nominees too thoroughly, and allowing obstruction too easily -- and I think that Republicans are wrong to block executive branch nominees on partisan grounds, and I'd favor reforms to make that more difficult.
Still, a whole bunch of people confirmed. It's a start.