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  •  are the judicial vacancies due to lack of (0+ / 0-)

    appointments or to the lack of confirmations by the Senate?

    •  50-50 (1+ / 0-)
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      elwior

      The next Noah will work a short shift. - Charles Bowden

      by Scott in NAZ on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 10:49:14 AM PST

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      •  i'm not convinced (0+ / 0-)

        it sounds like obama has slowed his nominations mostly because there's such a roadblock in the senate (does anyone really think obama really doesn't want to fill judicial vacancies?). I'd place 50% of the blame on senate republicans and then 50% of the blame on senate democrats and obama jointly for not pushing filibuster reform earlier.

        •  Actually the opposite (3+ / 0-)
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          Obama let a huge number of vacancies go unfilled at the start of his term (when we had the 60 votes in the senate) and has only lately been trying to catch up.

          You can't blame the senate for failing to confirm nominees that don't exist.

          The next Noah will work a short shift. - Charles Bowden

          by Scott in NAZ on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 01:09:23 PM PST

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          •  seriously, have we forgotten our history already? (0+ / 0-)

            Obama didn't have 60 in the senate at the start of his first term. Specter switched at the end of April 2009, which put us at 59 because franken's recount hadn't concluded yet. Franken was sworn in on July 7th, Congress went on vacation at the beginning of August as they always do, and then Kennedy died near the end of August. So there were effectively only 3-4 weeks when we had 60. Get back to me when your opinions are based on actual facts.

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