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  •  Actually, it's for a deeper reason (1+ / 0-)
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    Conservatives have a better bench than we do; Clinton didn't nominate young progressives the way Reagan and the Bushes did, and Obama didn't get confirmed the one progressive he did nominate (Liu).

    •  There are some very good Clinton appointees (1+ / 0-)
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      on the Court of Appeals now.  

      Maybe none are ideologues like the kind that GOP presidents try to put on the bench, but there are more than enough for Obama to have had several good options -- some of which were named as possible nominees -- when Sotomayor and Kagan were ultimately chosen.  Many on this site argued that some of the other possibilities had better liberal credentials than Kagan.  The GOP noise machine certainly intimated it might strongly oppose a SCOTUS nomination for a judge with a clearer progressive record such as Diane Wood.

      So I don't think you can say that Democratic presidents don't have enough progressive options to choose from, but for sure the external forces discourage them from choosing nominees with stronger progressive records, while the external forces encourage GOP presidents to choose nominees with unquestionable conservative credentials.  

      And that is partly the fault of the Democratic side of the political spectrum for not exerting the same adverse pressures on GOP presidents that conservatives exert on Democratic presidents.  As on many other political issues, our side all too often brings a butter knife to a gun fight.

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      by MJB on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 04:21:42 PM PDT

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