Judicial nominations have often been hotly controversial during the Bush era, but not the latest one from Arkansas. It's been called to our attention that, without a peep in advance that we've heard, the Senate Judiciary Committee
will have a nomination hearing tomorrow on Magistrate Bobby Shepherd
of El Dorado. He's been nominated to succeed Judge Buzz Arnold
, who's taking senior status, on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. If anyone's unhappy about Shepherd's nomination -- apart from others who coveted the job -- we haven't heard it. Shepherd enjoys bipartisan support in Arkansas, in addition to considerable backing from the Republican Murphy oil clan.