Weekend Winner and Loser -- 12/24 edition
The above Alabamians were confirmed by the US Senate to seats on the Federal District Court. Watkins, a Troy attorney, will take over the state's Middle District, while Dubose will sit on the Southern District. Mitchell's nomination came as a result of close ties to Richard Shelby and Dubose's relationship with Jeff Sessions no doubt helped her land the post.
In contrast to some previous judicial nominees (e.g. Bill Pryor) Watkins and Dubose were confirmed rather painlessly.
Loser of the Week: The nameless entity waging the "War on Christmas"
Talking heads like Bill O'Reilly and John Gibson have been telling me for weeks that nefarious forces (ACLU? Wal-Mart??) are trying to keep me from celebrating Christmas. Well, I don't know exactly who is trying to cancel Christmas, but they've obviously failed as I (and everyone I know) am looking forward to a Christmas celebration tomorrow. Better luck next year, grinches!