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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 12:33 PM

Judicial Vacancies Skyrocket During President Obama's First Term

Source: Huffington Post

Senate obstruction is the most widely cited source of the crisis. But Obama's record when it comes to nominating judges is also lackluster. He hasn't put forward as many nominees as his predecessors, a fact that Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said is fueling the crisis with judicial vacancies. By this point in their presidencies, Clinton and Bush had nominated 247 and 231 judicial nominees, respectively. Obama has only put up 215.

But naming more nominees doesn't mean Senate Republicans would necessarily move any faster to confirm them, said a White House aide. "If my coffee pot only makes one cup per hour, no matter how many coffee beans I pour into it, the number of cups coming out will still be the same," said the aide. "It doesn’t matter how many more judges we jam into the pipeline, the vacancy rate doesn't change at all. The bottleneck is the Senate."

Indeed, Senate Republicans haven't been brewing much coffee with Obama the past four years. The pattern throughout the president's tenure has been uncontroversial judicial nominees clearing the Senate Judiciary Committee but going nowhere the Senate floor. Then, after months of opposition, GOP leaders agree to clear some of the backlog and long-stalled nominees sail through virtually unopposed.

Historically, senators from both parties stalled judicial nominees when those senators are in the opposite party of the sitting president. But what has changed is the degree to which obstruction has become standard operating procedure since Obama took office. After four years, Obama has seen about 75 percent of his nominees confirmed. By contrast, the Senate confirmed 81 percent of Clinton's nominees and 88.7 percent of Bush's nominees by this point in their presidency.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/02/judicial-vacancies-obama_n_2228978.html

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 12:56 PM

1. These judgeships are important lifetime positions.

Every time you hear about a nonsensical federal judgement, you can bet it was a Reagan, Bush I or Bush II appointee. The Reagan appointees have been dying off recently. We need to get good judges through. It's one of the biggest reasons Dems needed to win this election.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:03 PM

2. calling POTUS's nomination rate 'lackluster' is BS. Why bother more noms when the Senate

doesn't act on the ones already done?

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Response to NMDemDist2 (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:02 PM

8. "Why bother" isnt a very good excuse for the low nomination rate. A higher rate may put

more pressure on the Republicans. He should do his job even if the Republicans refuse to do theirs.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:06 PM

3. Harry Reid! Listen up. Filibuster rule = #1 priority come Jan '13. ~nt

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:12 PM

4. Rampant racism

and disrespect. Many if not most are held up by rethug "anonymous holds", that gum up the process. Those doing the holds need to be exposed and ridiculed.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:35 PM

5. Harry Reid lets repubs control the senate event tho repubs are the minority nt

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:58 PM

6. I looked at the headline and saw "Judicial Vaccines Skyrocket" ...



I need to go back to bed.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 02:44 PM

7. Grassley is desperate to blame Pres. Obama for SOMETHING

... and unfortunately whoever wrote this story is playing his game. For one thing 215 nominees compared to 231 isn't much of a difference. And if a repub is going to almost certainly put a double-secret hold on any nomination put forth why bother?

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 08:55 PM

9. The data is there, you just have to look for it

There are currently 83 empty district and circuit court judge seats. Obama has sent forth 215 nominees. Only a 75% confirmation rate compared to Clinton's 81% and Bush's 88.7%.


This is just another attempt by the gNOp to create a faux outrage.





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