The President Comments on Judicial Appointments in Texas, and “Remaking the Courts”

November 8th, 2013

From a Texas Fundraiser, the President has these remarks about the least dangerous branch:

As Lisa mentioned, we are remaking the courts.  I know that we’ve got some lawyers here, and here in Texas sometimes people feel a little frustrated about the pace of appointments here in Texas.  But you should know that in addition to the Supreme Court, we’ve been able to nominate and confirm judges of extraordinary quality all across the country on federal benches. We’re actually, when it comes to the district court, matching the pace of previous Presidents.  When it comes to the appellate court, we’re just a little bit behind, and we’re just going to keep on focused on it.

This is no different from Harry Reid, who commented about the D.C. Circuit, that one more appointment will “switch the majority.” I have more thoughts on the D.C. Circuit appointments here and here.

I agree that “remaking the courts” is indeed the prerogative of the President. This may be one of his most enduring legacies.