Sing with me!
“This is the way we block the judge,
Block the judge,
Block the judge…”
47 % of judicial nominees were confirmed during 18 months in office for President Obama.
85% under President Clinton for the same period.
87% under George W. Bush.
93% under Reagan.
Almost one in eight federal judgeships is vacant in the country and legal scholars warn that the increasingly politicized confirmation process threatens the administration of justice across the nation.
Democrats and Obama administration officials accuse the Republican minority in the Senate of systematically opposing the president’s nominees to prevent him from putting his stamp on a judiciary that, Democrats say, moved to the right under President George W. Bush.
Republicans and conservative analysts say the stalled pace of “replenishment” is part payback for congressional Democrats’ efforts to scuttle some Bush nominees and part indifference on the part of President Obama, who they say has been slow to nominate judges.
Of the 102 federal judgeships open, there are nominees pending for 39 seats.
The G. No. P. actually comes right out and admits that they’re acting like spoiled little brats, stomping their leather-clad clodhoppers, and refusing to confirm because, hey, they want to get even.
It’s so wonderful to see democracy stamped out right out in the open. Transparency is everything.