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Analysis: Republicans lead Obama in war for judicial dominance
Reuters ^ | 10/5/12 | Joan Biskupic

Posted on 10/05/2012 11:32:35 AM PDT by ruralvoter

When Barack Obama was elected president, critics and supporters alike thought the Democrat would move swiftly to appoint strong liberal judges to balance out Republicans' longstanding push for a conservative judiciary. At the nation's 13 powerful U.S. appeals courts, that has not happened.

Obama's 30 appointees have generally been moderates who mainly served on lower courts and were often selected in consultation with Republican senators. The pattern contrasts with Obama's Republican predecessors, dating back to Ronald Reagan, who quickly put forth prominent young conservatives, many of whom came from academia and had past political experience.

Notably, President Obama has not added a single judge to the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where there are three vacancies on an 11-member panel dominated by Republicans.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: appeals; court; judge; judicial
This is a Reuters article, but The normal bias is relatively mild here. Remember elections matter. Judges.
1 posted on 10/05/2012 11:32:45 AM PDT by ruralvoter
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To: ruralvoter

First of all it should be remembered how the media defines a ‘moderate.’ They usually bestow that title on liberals.

But even if this is true, it is more than offset by Sotomayor and Kagan. With these two, Obama put two far-left extremists on the Sup Court. And while it’s true the GOP couldn’t stop him, it is distressing that so many Republicans voted for these two radicals.


2 posted on 10/05/2012 11:53:47 AM PDT by Aetius
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To: ruralvoter

Tell that to Chief Communist John Roberts.


3 posted on 10/05/2012 12:09:33 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: ruralvoter
Liberals have criticized Obama, who was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, for what they see as foot-dragging. At a recent legal conference, Walter Dellinger, a former top Justice Department lawyer in the Clinton administration, called the lost early opportunity at the D.C. Circuit "an act of judicial-political malpractice that should be legendary."

Racism rears its ugly head. /S

Obama WON'T be dragging his feet if he gets 4 more years

Administration officials say that while the president wants to change the balance in the courts, he does not want protracted fights with Republicans in the deeply divided Senate, which votes on federal judicial nominations. Officials also say that the president was focused on the healthcare overhaul and legislation to address the financial crisis.

"There were competing priorities," said White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler. "It's like anything else in life: Something has to give."...

4 posted on 10/07/2012 1:49:55 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: ruralvoter

The AP style editor made a terrible mistake here, “a conservative judiciary” should read, “a judiciary that observes the Constitution in judging cases”.


5 posted on 10/07/2012 4:48:25 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Just because he taught Constitutional law doesn’t mean he likes the Consitution or even understands it. More likely it is neither.


6 posted on 10/07/2012 4:49:28 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: ruralvoter
"I can appoint judges? That's so cool dude... Can someone show me how?"


7 posted on 10/07/2012 8:32:33 AM PDT by avacado
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To: ruralvoter

The media called the loathsome communist Ginsberg a “moderate” during her confirmation to SCOTUS.


8 posted on 10/07/2012 2:36:01 PM PDT by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: ruralvoter

For awhile here my tag line was, “If nobama is reelected and gets to choose more SCOTUS judges, this country is finished.”

True that.


9 posted on 10/07/2012 6:21:06 PM PDT by upchuck (I miss my dog Snoopy. May 16, 1997-September 24, 2012 -- 15 years, 4 months. Forever in my heart.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks ruralvoter.


10 posted on 10/07/2012 8:03:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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