It may be substantively different. It may be that, since the Republicans controlled the Senate, there wouldn't have been enough votes on the floor, anyway. If my memory serves me, Clinton nominated some real nut jobs who happened to be minorities, then were saying that everyone opposing them was a racist. It may be that the Republicans on the committee were preventing those on the floor from having to cast their vote against.
It also may have been that a lot of Republicans were still respecting the time-honored tradition that the President was entitled to name judges whose political leanings were the same as his own, and that political or judicial philosophy was not a legitimate basis for voting down a nominee. Maybe the Republican leadership was afraid they would get the votes. I don't know.
Perhaps. But in killing nominees by refusing to schedule committee hearings or voting out of committee then wasn't the GOP doing what they are complaining about now? Denying a nominee an up or down vote in the Senate?
If my memory serves me, Clinton nominated some real nut jobs who happened to be minorities...
And the Democrats claim that they are preventing extremists from the Bench. One party's sober jurist is another party's nut job.
...then were saying that everyone opposing them was a racist.
And the GOP is saying that the Democrats are opposing Republican nominees because they are Hispanic or because they are Catholic. Sad that we're taking pages out of the Democrat playbook, isn't it?