The nomination is opposed by a laundry list of leftist groups who are expressing their displeasure to the senate democrats. From Politico.com:
For Democrats, it’s their first judicial test as the majority party. No fewer than two dozen interest groups that represent core Democratic constituencies — labor, women, African-Americans, gays and lesbians — have asked the Senate to reject Southwick. And subtly, they remind Democrats of their power.
“President Bush continues his pattern of racial exclusion by submitting only white people for these appointments, and submitting those who have not shown a sufficient appreciation of the need for racial progress in Mississippi,” Carlton W. Reeves, president of the Magnolia Bar Association, which advocates on behalf of black lawyers and judges, wrote in a May letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).
The rub comes when Democrats are presented with confirming the nomination of a conservative person from a minority group, most notorious being Justice Clarence Thomas. In a leftist's mind, a conservative minority person is not a true representative of the minority group.
This opposition is another tempest in a teacup courtesy of the Socialist Democrat Party:
“Behind the scenes, race is everything here,” said Curt Levey, executive director of The Committee for Justice. “He is not being targeted because he has an outrageous record. They are really having to dig. If you can think of another reason why they are targeting Southwick, tell me.”
The court is not a place for social experiments. It is the place where the most qualified individual should get the job. And if the senate majority wants to vote down his nomination, that is what should be done. Forget the (illegal) filibuster.
Shit or get off the pot.