Although getting a controversial nominee through Congress is not easy, and Becker is clearly controversial, it still remains easier than passing legislation such as EFCA or health care. I would not be surprised to see the White House looking harder at ways to accomplish their goals that do not require Congressional action, such as regulations and executive orders. Although they have to get their nominees confirmed for regulations to occur, it may well be they begin using some of their political capital on the confirmation process rather than new legislation.
Hat tip to Jeff Hirsch at Workplace Prof Blog who somehow managed to take time away from the other UT's athletic turmoil to keep us informed of this development, Becker Renominated. (and he hat tipped Justin Keith).
As Professor Hirsch correctly points out: "Let the fun begin ... again.