rc3.org is nothing if not balanced. Here’s a Byron York article, submitted by a reader, that defends Judge Charles Pickering’s record. It raises the valid point that Pickering was confirmed unanimously by the Judiciary committee in 1990 when he was appointed to the federal bench. It also presents a lot of facts that speak well of Pickering. My gut feeling on this is that liberal watchdog groups and Democratic Senators learned how to treat judicial nominees from the Republicans during the Clinton administration, and are generally taking a more obstructionist tack. The Byron article is mainly a response to this report from PFAW.