But the full Senate never voted on the nomination because Republicans held it up, hoping for a change in the presidency after the November elections. Democrats have done the same thing through the years when Republicans have been in office. This doesn't make it right, and Coburn and Sen. Jim Inhofe disappointed many when they chose to play along and put party above all else while simultaneously professing their strong support of Bacharach.
Coburn has called Bacharach, a U.S. magistrate judge, the best appellate court nominee he's seen during his eight years in the Senate. He should now act to move Bacharach's second nomination along as quickly as possible in order to finally reward a good man who deserved better, and to fill a seat that has been vacant far too long.