“Bad politics of judgeships” (Advocate editorial, Dec. 5) accurately describes misuse of the blue slip and other abuses of the judicial confirmation process that have persisted throughout the Obama administration.

The election is over and the Senate must swiftly process Shelly Dick, the well-qualified Baton Rouge nominee, whom Sen. David Vitter needlessly delayed. It is also past time for the Senate to act on the 18 other well-qualified nominees who have been languishing months on the floor.

With resumption of the lame duck session, the Senate must quickly grant the 18 nominees yes or no votes, so the courts can deliver justice.

Carl Tobias

law professor

Richmond, Va.