The outgoing senator from Vermont has left the judicial-confirmation process in much worse shape than he found it.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S enator Patrick Leahy (D., V.t.), who has announced that he will not seek a ninth term next year, will leave the judicial-confirmation process in much worse shape than he found it. Indeed, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee since 1979 — and as chairman for a combined ten years — Leahy has led a radical transformation of confirmation-process norms.

Leahy is hardly alone among politicians in demonstrating that actions speak louder than words. In his case, though, that contrast is especially pronounced because of the sheer amount of words he has dedicated to lecturing everyone about how he thinks

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