Sorry for the slow blogging today; some of it is that I'm doing stuff that will turn up elsewhere, some of it is recovering from the Matt Cain gem last night (note the time stamp on not one, but two posts written after the last out of a game that started after 9PM my time).
So: Mitch McConnell has apparently decided to shut down circuit court nominations for the rest of the year; I wrote about it over at Plum Line. I'm probably less opposed to the idea of stalling lifetime-appointment nominations towards the end of an administration than a lot of people are, but it would be a lot more justifiable if McConnell's Republicans hadn't been stalling these positions and every other nomination throughout Barack Obama's presidency; in particular, it would be more justifiable if the non-controversial nominees (that is, the ones who have close to unanimous Republican support) had been already cleared. At any rate, it's a big deal.
And I did a reaction post to Obama's big speech today, focusing on his rhetorical choice of Congress-bashing rather than Bush, or Ryan, or even Republican bashing.