When I was nominated by Bush 41, both Senators (Jim Exon and Bob Kerrey) were members of the Democratic party. My nomination would have died in the Senate unless those Senators each turned back a “blue slip” to the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. The situation is now reversed in Nebraska and other places.
Today, the thoughtful and well-informed legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin has published a piece regarding the increased significance of “blue slips” now that the Harry Reid and his loyalists have gone nuclear. See Jeffrey Toobin, BLUE-SLIP BATTLE: THE SENATE OBSTRUCTIONISTS’ SECRET WEAPON, The New Yorker (November 26, 2013). It is a “must read.”
Bozos and their supporters should take note.