Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch has repeatedly insisted, as he did in 2003, that "Every judicial nominee who reaches the Senate floor deserves an up or down vote. That's fair and what the Constitution requires."
On May 19, however, Hatch's vote on a filibuster against Goodwin Liu's long-delayed judicial nomination helped deny an up or down vote that Hatch insists "the Constitution requires."
Matt Canham reported that Hatch "was the only senator to vote 'present' on Thursday. He refuses to vote to block a nomination from going forward but didn't want his vote misconstrued as supporting Liu's nomination." ("Lee cites Alito criticism in voting against judicial nomination," Tribune, May 20)