October 27, 2009

Brookings' New Study on Judicial Nominations

Last Friday Brookings Institute published a study entitled Judicial Nominations in the Bush and Obama Administrations' First Nine Months by Russel Wheeler. In this article Mr. Wheeler focuses on four areas where you can compare Bush and Obama: Nominations, Hearings, Confirmations and Characteristics. He goes point by point comparing Bush to Obama and, in the end, there are two things that he decides are significant. The first is the lack of Obama nominees. Compared to President Bush, Obama is taking a very long time to nominate judges. The second is that, while the Senate Judiciary Committee may be quick to vote on nominees, the full Senate is taking its time in scheduling conformation votes.

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