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Specter asks Obama to renominate 3 Bush judges

by: Matt

Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 10:00:00 AM EST

Senate Judiciary ranking member Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) is calling on President Barack Obama to renominate a handful of former President George W. Bush’s circuit court nominees, arguing that the candidates had support from Democrats and Republicans.

In a Jan. 27 letter, Specter argues that Obama should renominate three of Bush’s nominees: Peter Keisler to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Glen Conrad to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and Paul Diamond to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.

Specter notes that Bush renominated one of former President Bill Clinton’s stalled judicial nominees. If Obama acted similarly, he would be sending a clear signal that he wants to handle the federal judiciary on a bipartisan basis.

“I write to respectfully suggest that, as a sign of bipartisanship, you renominate some of President George W. Bush’s circuit court nominees,” Specter wrote. “All three nominees were rated ‘well qualified’ by the nonpartisan American Bar Association and would be excellent candidates for renomination.”-Roll Call (sub req'd)

It will be interesting to see how Obama responds.

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Specter Asks Obama to Renominate 3 Bush Judges (0.00 / 0)
I'll be interested to see IF Obama (realizing he owes nothing to Arlen Specter, but perhaps is willing to wait and see how the stimulus vote turns out in the Senate) responds. Simultaneously funny and outrageous to me is the apparent Republican definition of bipartisanship: When they were in power, it was 'do what we say.' Now that they're not in power, it's 'please do what we say.'

Diamond maybe, forget the other two (0.00 / 0)
Given the importance of the DC Circuit and how long the Fourth Circuit has been a conservative bastion, I can't see renominating any pick of Bush to either Court.  On the other hand, if the Democratic Senators from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware agree, I might renominate the candidate for the Third Circuit as a favor to Specter.

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Thing Republican meaning of bipartisanship has not changed!! (0.00 / 0)
The repugaboobs still believe they are in charge and the press is eating it up.  Obama almost looks like a fool by pushing for bipartisanship, whatever that means!! In fact maybe the Dems ought to define the term so we can all know what the Washington defin.ition really is

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not a fool (4.00 / 1)

Obama looks bipartisan, the Repugs look useless.  I don't think many people missed the 0 votes thing, as I now read more about it.

And the rank and file Democratic Congresscritters seem up in arms about that.  So I think if the Repugs continue as they have done,  they aren't going to get much of anything they want.

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No way on Keisler, maybe on the others (0.00 / 0)
No way on Keisler. Look him up--he founded the Federalist society.

Paul Diamond seems OK, if the Democratic Senators in the circuit agree. He wasn't held up in the first place for being controversial, but just because it was too near the end of Bush's term. In fact, he was a replacement for a more controversial nominee.

Conrad also was a replacement nominee--in this case he was Bush's third try to fill the position. Again, ask the Senators from that circuit what they think, but he was confirmed 89-0 to the district court.  




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