Well, finally ....
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Judge Leslie Southwick to the federal appeals court serving Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas despite some Democrats' complaints that decisions he supported were racially insensitive and inappropriate for a region still shadowed by civil rights struggles.
The 59-38 vote on confirmation was sealed after the nomination survived its main obstacle, a test tally moments earlier. Majority Democrats pressured by labor unions and other constituencies did not have the votes to filibuster, or block, Southwick's confirmation.
The Congressional Black Caucus warned that there would be consequences for Democrats at the ballot box.
"We regard this as a test," said District of Columbia Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.
Yeah, well WE regard this as a test too....a test to indicate how important it is to elect conservatives to the US Senate...and to the Presidency. Speaking of which, Bench Memos  points out some of the "scoundrels" in this process, and right there in the middle are "moderate" dems that won seats that should belong to a Republican - Jon Testor of Montana and Jim Webb of Virginia. Elections matter.