Sri #Srinivasan seems assured of winning approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee, following the conclusion of a 90-minute confirmation hearing that featured lots of bipartisan praise and no particularly tough questions.
With Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah saying he supports Srinivasan, and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas throwing softball questions and stories of their long friendship, there appear to be no obstacles to committee approval.
This still leaves, of course, the possibility of a GOP filibuster on the Senate floor. But if Suits & Sentences were a betting blog, after hearing what Republicans had to say Wednesday, the odds would have to be in favor of his winning a seat on the federal bench.
The 46-year-old Srinivasan currently serves as principal deputy solicitor general for the Obama administration. If confirmed to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the native of India and graduate of both Stanford Law School and Stanford Business School would be the first South Asian to serve on a U.S. appellate court.