Jeff Chiu/AP – Judge Mary Murguia, center, speaks next to judges Mary Schroeder, left, and Michael Hawkins speak during a hearing at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
In Florida, President Obama has nominated the first openly gay black man to sit on a federal district court. In New York, he has nominated the first Asian American lesbian. And his pick for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit? The first South Asian.
Reelected with strong support from women, ethnic minorities and gays, Obama is moving quickly to change the face of the federal judiciary by the end of his second term, setting the stage for another series of drawn-out confrontations with Republicans in Congress.
“Diversity in and of itself is a thing that is strengthening the judicial system,” White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said. “It enhances the bench and the performance of the bench and the quality of the discussion . . . to have different perspectives, different life experiences, different professional experiences, coming from a different station in life, if you will.”
But Obama’s biggest obstacle is the Senate, where Republicans have frequently blocked judicial confirmation votes for months or, in some cases, years. Obama has 35 nominees currently awaiting votes by the Senate — including several holdovers from 2012 who have been renominated this year — and there are more than 50 additional vacancies awaiting nominees, according to the Federal Judicial Center.
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This is such a ridiculous Obama puff piece. Obama pushing to diversify the federal judiciary? Like it’s an Obama innovation?! I can’t remember when Presidents didn’t go out of their way pick federal judges from various minority groups.
WaPo is obviously using this diversity hook to criticize Republican resistance to liberal nominees. Does anyone in their right mind believe the GOP objects to these nominees because of their particular diversity factors.
It’s a very long article, and the childish level of the Obama PR is so embarrassing I feel I should simply look away….
The new wave of nominations is part of an effort by Obama to cement a legacy that long outlives his presidency and makes the court system more closely resemble the changing society it governs, administration officials said.
Oh, administration officials said? Just take dictation, why don’t you? Did these officials use the phrase “cement a legacy that long outlives his presidency” or did you concoct yourselves?
By the way, what U.S. President doesn’t have a legacy that long outlives his presidency? How much “cement” is really needed for us not to forget a President?
But I do get the point of Presidents trying to extend their political power by relocating it in the judiciary. That’s no innovation. That’s an old, old tradition in America….