It’s a huge scandal that Senate Republicans have confirmed so few of Obama’s judicial nominees. If Republicans want more conservative judges, then they should try to win more Presidential elections. Until that happens, the President appoints the judges, and unless they’re found to be professional lightweights, they should get voted through right away. If Republicans keep holding this up, Obama is completely justified in recess-appointing his picks:
President Obama is expected to nominate Tuesday two judges with Philadelphia ties and Hispanic roots, along with Berks County’s top judge, for seats on the federal district court covering the Philadelphia area.
Obama plans to nominate Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, Luis Felipe Restrepo, and Jeffrey L. Schmehl for judgeships on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
“These men and women have had distinguished legal careers, and I am honored to ask them to continue their work as judges on the federal bench,” the president said in a statement. “They will serve the American people with integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice.”
If confirmed by a majority vote of the Senate, the judges would fill three of six vacancies on the 22-judge court.
(Thanks: Jonathan Tamari)