Nuclear Option Fallout: Obama Adding Judges Faster Than Bush, Clinton

President Barack Obama shakes hands with former President George W. Bush, as former President Bill Clinton applauds at right after Obama spoke at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campu... President Barack Obama shakes hands with former President George W. Bush, as former President Bill Clinton applauds at right after Obama spoke at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) MORE LESS
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President Barack Obama has already confirmed more circuit judges than his two predecessors did by the end of their sixth year in office, thanks in large part to Senate Democrats nuking the 60-vote threshold in November for most nominees.

Before the Senate left town for recess last week, it confirmed the president’s 52nd circuit nominee, Pamela Harris, to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, by a vote of 50-43.

At the end of his sixth year, George W. Bush confirmed 51 circuit judges; Bill Clinton confirmed 50 circuit judges.

The Senate has been historically unproductive in the 113th Congress but Democrats have worked to speedily confirm Obama nominees before the November elections, when Republicans have a serious chance at regaining control.

Harris was also the 22nd female appellate judge appointed by Obama, the highest for any president.

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  1. Obama has now confirmed more of these judges, but I wonder about the ratio of confirmations to openings.

  2. Face it: The filibuster was just in the way.

  3. This may well be one of the most important accomplishments of his term.

    It’s important to keep the progress going right through the end of the year.

  4. Good point, kendyZdad. Obama’s overall confirmation percentage is 88%, with 88% for circuit court nominees and 88% for district court nominees.

    Bush’s percentage at this time was 72% for CCA nominees, but 93% for district court nominees, which also works out to 88%. If Obama’s district court percentage was the same as Bush’s, he’d have 14 more confirmations.

    http://www.afj.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Judicial-Selection-Snapshot-7.31.14.pdf

  5. No judges will get confirmed at any level.

    It’ll be all out war. Reid knew this. If there is a SCrOTUS vacancy, it won’t be filled.

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