[With regard to Defense Secretary Mark Esper making finding new nominees a priority at the outset of his tenure last summer.] Pushing through eight nominations at this time in the cycle—some rather controversial to boot—would be tough under the best circumstances.
We've seen a bunch of examples where the president has been able to use the military as his political tool, and I think occasionally that has gotten bumpy. This may be bumpier than previous occasions and lasting longer than he's expecting. That doesn't mean he won't keep trying to do it.