Orrin Hatch: Power Grab In Judicial Nominations

Numbers don't justify more judicial appointments, so why is Obama pushing? Politics, of course.

, The National Law Journal


Numbers don't justify more judicial appointments, so why is Obama pushing? Politics, of course.

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Originally appeared in print as Power Grab at Play in D.C. Circuit Nominations

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  • Midway1954

    Wow...Of course, there is plenty of ignorance to go around. However, many propagandists are knowingly lying about the facts and unfortunately are harvesting many dupes.

  • wow

    Do people really think Obama is creating new judgeships? They can't be that ignorant, can they?

  • Hugh

    TANSTAAFL, maybe *you* should try reading the article. Even the most hardcore GOP pundit understands that there are, in fact, three vacant seats on the DC Circuit. I don't care what you believe about filibusters or Senate confirmation. There are three empty seats and Obama is exercising his Constitutional role of nominating judges to fill them. Even the National Review admits there are, at the very least, "vacancies." http://www.nationalreview.com/bench-memos/349555/putting-dc-circuit-vacancies-context-part-3-ed-whelan

    Justice Robert vacated his seat in 2005, Judge Ginsberg vacated his seat in 2011, and Judge Sentelle vacated his seat in 2013. None of those positions have been filled. That leaves three vacancies.

    And no one is proposing creating new positions on the court. Hatch never suggests otherwise and, if he did, he would be lying. *That* would be court packing. In actuality, it is the Republican party that is proposing to shrink the number of seats on the court. The fact that you think Obama is trying to add seats that don't already exist is simply mind boggling.

    Please, provide me a quote or any source suggesting that Obama is creating new positions on the DC Circuit.


  • Libertarian

    Sounds fair to me.


    Hugh, try reading the article. The nominations in question aren't being made to fill "open vacancies." The President is attempting to create new judgeships on the D.C. Circuit out of thin air.

  • midway1954

    Yes, we learned a lot about court packing (now being claimed by the rightwingers) in those good old days of Daddy and Junior Bush drawing on the Federalist Society's roster in the minor leagues for talent.

  • hugh

    This is one of the most thinly veiled displays of cynicism I've ever seen. Sen. Hatch knows it isn't a "power grab" to fill open vacancies. He apparently thinks we are too stupid to see through his crocodile tears.

    Elections have consequences. Maybe you should try winning national elections if you want to keep control of the DC Circuit.

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