I’ve stayed away from the topic of judicial confirmation because I didn’t know if Republicans were truly being obstructionist about this from a historical perspective. Well, they are:
It is part of a trend, but the jump from Bush to Obama is quite striking, given that Democrats have a large majority under Obama, whereas Republicans had no majority during the first year of Bush:
Similarly, the Alliance for Justice found that in Obama’s first year in office, the Senate confirmed a mere 23 percent of his judicial nominees. By contrast, presidents Carter and Reagan had 91 percent of their nominees confirmed in their first year. That number dropped to 65 percent for George H.W. Bush, 57 percent for Bill Clinton, and 44 percent for George W. Bush.
Perhaps one reason the Federal government has not been performing some of its duties resides in the fact that almost half as many of Obama’s appointees have been confirmed than as any other recent President.
Even George W. Bush, who had a Democratic Senate his two years, had twice the level of judicial confirmations than Obama has been allowed.
This is taking Advice and Consent way too far. I expect it to only get worse since there is no penalty apparently for doing this.