WaPo: Obama Criticized as Too Cautious, Slow on Judicial Posts. I think it's Just Right!

October 15th, 2009

From the Washington Post, Obama Criticized as Too Cautious, Slow on Judicial Posts

During his first nine months in office, Obama has won confirmation in the Democratic-controlled Senate for just three of his 23 nominations for federal judgeships, largely because Republicans have used anonymous holds and filibuster threats to slow the proceedings to a crawl.

But some Democrats attribute that GOP success partly to the administration’s reluctance to fight, arguing that Obama’s emphasis on easing partisan rancor over judgeships has backfired and only emboldened Senate Republicans.

Some Republicans contend that the White House has hurt itself by its slow pace in sending over nominations for Senate consideration. President George W. Bush sent 95 names and to the Senate in the same period that Obama has forwarded 23. Currently, about 90 judicial seats — about 10 percent of the total — remain vacant in appeals and district courts.

President Obama, take your time. Relish in your Nobel Peace Prize. Go make some YouTube videos. Maybe take the First Lady to some more Broadway shows in New York. Play some basketball. Help the kids in the White House Garden. Play with your new puppy. Whatever takes your mind off making judicial appointments, go ahead.  Like that special bowl of porridge from Goldilocks and the Three Bears, I think your pace is just right!