Judges and Constitution Day

Today, for those who didn't know, is Constitution Day, which marks the anniversary of the ratification of the United States Constitution (this year is its 222nd, to be exact). On this day, during which we recognize the importance of the document in our lives, I thought it worth passing on a couple of highly disappointing statistics dug up by Jeffrey Toobin in an article in this weeks New Yorker:

Seven appeals and ten district judges have been named so far [by Barack Obama]. George W. Bush, in the first eight months of his Presidency, nominated fifty-two.

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Republicans in the Senate have not allowed a vote on any of the [non-Supreme Court] nominees, either. So far, the only Obama nominee who has been confirmed to a lifetime federal judgeship is Sotomayor.

The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court no doubt sucked a great deal of time and energy from the Judiciary Committee, making it more difficult to move on other judges. Still, this White House has nominated less than a third of the number of federal judges as its predecessor, and only one of Barack Obama's nominees has been thus far confirmed. This is a major problem that needs to be addressed -- and soon.

As an aside, a question for MyDDers on this Constitution Day: Where in the Constitution is the minority in the Senate vested with the seemingly unending dilatory tactics now being used by the Republicans to obstruct the majority on everything from judicial nominations to healthcare reform?

Tags: Barack Obama, Judiciary, SCOTUS (all tags)

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4 Comments

Re: Judges and Constitution Day

Lot of this has to be blamed on Harry Reid.  His lack of leadership on moving obstructed nominees forward is unbelievable.  The GOP tactics are unprecedented, but there's been no leadership, no pushback.

by esconded 2009-09-17 09:10AM | 0 recs
This is part of a democratic tradition

Called the filibuster

by Trey Rentz 2009-09-17 09:18AM | 0 recs
the scary part is

its a national export :D

by Trey Rentz 2009-09-17 09:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Judges and Constitution Day

This truly is Harry Reid's fault.  He can get on the podium every day and demand an up or down vote on Obama's nominees. But he won't.  He's too scared that Fox News will call him names.

by LionelEHutz 2009-09-17 10:41AM | 0 recs

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