Judges and Constitution Day
by Jonathan Singer, Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 08:20:26 AM EDT
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.
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?