Kerry introduces Alexis to his ex-girlfriend, Tina. As Kerry and Alexis are discussing their connection, Tina makes an unexpected request which leaves Alexis questioning if Kerry is the right guy for her.
Thomas: There is no debating the fact that as each party assumes control of the presidency that the President has the absolute right to nominate whoever they wish to the Federal bench. For most of our history it has worked fairly well with very few nominees being rejected for anything but cause. Over the past 15 years the system has started to break down. Mitch McConnell epitomizes the worst of that party driven dysfunction. His efforts led to the record number of vacancies on the Federal bench that Donald Trump got to fill. It is one thing to nominate people who mesh with your philosophical bent. However, it is expected that the nominees at least be qualified to serve. Mr. Trump, Mr. McConnell, and the Republicans have shown that not even that is a requirement any more. There have been more people who have been rated unqualified by the ABA and others nominated and confirmed by this administration than any previous one. Filling judicial vacancies is an important responsibility and competency and fitness to serve should not be replaced with partisan loyalty and potential length of service as the primary determining factor for the role. In the case of this gentleman we can only hope that his generally acknowledged character flaws will lead him to quit sooner than later as the weight of the position that he has been given takes its toll on his questionable work ethic.