Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Obama's Confirmation Hypocrisy

Gary L. Bauer
Campaign for Working Families

Yesterday President Obama nominated three left-wing judges to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. During his Rose Garden statement, Obama demanded their quick confirmation.

On cue, Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid once again threatened to eliminate the filibuster unless Republicans acquiesced to Obama's demand. This is yet another example of the "culture of intimidation" that has become so pervasive under Obama.

Today's Wall Street Journal editorial reminds us that Democrats routinely filibustered George W. Bush's judicial nominees, including women and minorities such as Miguel Estrada, Pricilla Owen and Janice Rogers Brown. And then-Senator Obama was instrumental in the unprecedented filibuster attempt against Justice Samuel Alito.

But here's the key point: The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is an incredibly powerful and important court, second only to the Supreme Court. Currently it is equally divided between Democrat and Republican appointees and it is has been a thorn in Obama's side. It was this court that declared unconstitutional Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. Now Obama wants to "stack the deck."

Senate Republicans should be firm. Here's a suggestion: They should refuse to move any judicial nominees until Obama nominates responsible appointees to fill all the inspectors general vacancies.