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REPORT: Senate Confirmed A Smaller Percentage Of Obama’s Judges Than Any Other President In History

Posted by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:20 AM
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Throughout President Obama’s first two years in office, Senate Republicans waged war on his judiciary nominees — allowing only a handful of them to be confirmed. The GOP’s obstructionism grew so bad that conservative Chief Justice John Roberts scolded the Senate for its dismal confirmation record. A new report by the Alliance for Justice shows that the GOP’s obstructionism was truly historic — the worst obstructionism any new president faced at any point in American history:

[T]he Senate confirmed fewer of [Obama's] district and circuit nominees than every president back to Jimmy Carter, and the lowest percentage of nominees – 58% – than any president in American history at this point in a President’s first term. By comparison, Presidents George W. Bush, Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Reagan and Carter had 77%, 90%, 96%, 98%, and 97% of their nominees confirmed after two years, respectively.

Senate Republicans’ mass obstruction of Obama’s judges stands in stark contrast to the treatment afforded to past presidents. Indeed, the Senate confirmed fewer judges during Obama’s first two years in office than it did during the same period in the Carter Administration, even though the judiciary was 40 percent smaller while Carter was in office.

Disturbingly, much of this obstructionism targeted women and people of color. Although Obama’s nominees are the most diverse in American history, every district court nominee with unanimous Republican opposition in the Senate Judiciary Committee was a woman or person of color.

http://thinkprogress.org/index.php

by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:20 AM
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by Ruby Member on Jun. 4, 2011 at 1:02 AM

Well that's because as a black guy he can't appoint another black guy or woman, or other non white man.  Because that would be racist.   It would show that he has a secret agenda to take over the world with his non white maleness. Just like when white guys do the appointing, they can't pick other white guys, cause that's also racist.  Oh, wait...

Sarcasm, obviously.  And people wonder why Republicans get a bad rep with anyone who is not a white male.

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