Judicial nominees

“Remember boys, we’re all Democrats”

Featured image A former court of appeals judge, now deceased, used to tell the story of the meeting he had with President Lyndon Johnson after his confirmation by Congress. Johnson met not only with this judge, but with several others who had just been confirmed. Johnson’s performance, colorful and profane, gave rise to several priceless anecdotes. The most telling was Johnson’s parting words. According to this former judge, he said: “Remember boys, »

The very useful lesson of Obama’s judicial power grab

Featured image It’s no secret that President Obama was behind the push to end the filibuster as a means of blocking nominees for U.S. appeals court judgeships. At a fundraiser earlier this month, he told liberal donors that he is “remaking the courts.” Recognizing that the filibuster stood in the way of a full radical makeover, Obama personally lobbied three Democratic Senators who were undecided about whether to eliminate it. Obama reportedly »

Mark Pryor under attack for rubber-stamping Obama’s judicial nominees

Featured image Sen. Mark Pryor’s vote in favor of Obamacare, without which that legislation would not have passed the Senate, should be enough to cause his defeat in the 2014 Arkansas race Senate. And, at the end of the day, I suspect it will be. However, there is also the matter of President Obama’s judicial nominees. Pryor has not voted against the confirmation of a single one. Not even far left-winger Goodwin »

Cornelia Pillard — extreme and extremely disingenuous

Featured image Ed Whelan takes another look at Cornelia Pillard’s false and deceptive testimony to Congress during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on her nomination for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Ed previously analyzed Pillard’s testimony regarding her writings about the novel theory that only abstinence-only sex education is unconstitutional, in certain circumstances. I discussed Ed’s post on that matter here. Now, Ed has explored three »

Cornelia Pillard’s disingenuous testimony to Congress — Ed Whelan’s take

Featured image Cornelia Pillard is President Obama’s left-wing, radical feminist nominee for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. I wrote about Pillard’s radicalism here. I wrote about her confirmation hearing here and here. Her testimony struck me as astonishingly disingenuous. Ed Whelan has taken an in-depth look at Pillard’s testimony about whether equal-protection considerations render abstinence-only sex education in public schools unconstitutional and, in particular, her testimony »

Are these judges really necessary, except to promote Obama’s power play?

Featured image I’ve written here, here, and here about Cornelia Pillard, President Obama’s radical feminist nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. But I haven’t yet commented on the threshold question of whether any additional judges should be seated on the D.C. Circuit. This was a topic of much debate at Wednesday’s hearing on the Pillard nomination. Both sides — the Democrats who want three new judges »

Cornelia Pillard’s disingenuous testimony — evading Senators’ questions

Featured image I’ve written below about some of the deception in the testimony today of Cornelia Pillard, President Obama’s nominee to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The pattern continued as the nominee answered questions by Republican Senators about her past positions. Because Pillard has never been a judge, the questions necessarily focused on her writings as a law professor and, to a lesser extent, as an advocate in legal »

Cornelia Pillard’s disingenous testimony — the deception begins early

Featured image Cornelia Pillard, whom President Obama nominated to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning. Her testimony was articulate, polished, and at times charming. She presented herself as moderate, measured, and non-partisan. Unfortunately, Pillard also struck me as astonishingly disingenuous, even by the modern standards of the judicial confirmation process. When Pillard sought to ingratiate herself by fondly referring to the Virginia »

Cornelia Pillard, Obama’s radical feminist judicial nominee

Featured image Not long ago, President Obama nominated Cornelia Pillard, Patricia Millet, and Robert Wilkins to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. When Obama nominates someone for a court this important, one should always suspect that the nominee is a left-wing ideologue. But in the case of Pillard, it’s not a question of suspicion. Her writings support the statement by one of her former colleagues to Ed »

Newspaper without scruples

Featured image “Courts Without Judges” reads the headline of an attack on Senate Republicans by the New York Times editorial board. Bemoaning the fact that there 85 vacancies in the federal judiciary, the Times asserts that “by far the most important cause of this unfortunate state of affairs is the determination of Senate Republicans, for reasons of politics, ideology and spite, to confirm as few of President Obama’s judicial choices as possible.” »

How Halligan was halted

Featured image It’s not easy for Senate Republicans successfully to filibuster President Obama’s judicial nominees; nor, in my view, should it be. How, then, did Republicans succeed in blocking Caitlin Halligan’s nomination? The one word answer, if we’re honest, is: guns. It’s not that Halligan’s left-liberalism is confined to Second Amendment issues. It extends to the full range of controversial legal issues as to which she is on record including, most notably, »

Halligan halted (Updated)

Featured image I’ve just been informed that the nomination of Caitlin Halligan has been stopped by the Senate. Halligan is President Obama’s left-liberal nominee for a lifetime slot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Details to follow. In the meantime, I want to thank the Power Line readers who urged Republican Senators to hold the line against this nominee. UPDATE: 51 Senators supported cloture; 41 Senators opposed »

No Doubt Where Jeff Sessions Stands on Caitlin Halligan

Featured image Yesterday, Senate bellwether Jeff Sesssions delivered these remarks on the Senate floor regarding D.C. Circuit Court nominee Caitlin Halligan. His indictment of Halligan is scathing, but not intemperate: he cites chapter and verse and is, to my mind, utterly persuasive. Note that at one point Sessions quotes Andy McCarthy, another sign of good judgment: Mr. President, I rise to express my opposition to the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to be »

Where does Lindsey Graham stand on Caitlin Halligan?

Featured image Over the weekend, I urged readers to ask Republican Senators to block the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. I argued (1) that Halligan’s leftist views — e.g., regarding guns and national security — are outside of the mainstream and (2) that she did not testify candidly during her confirmation hearing. Lindsey Graham was foremost among the Senators I urged readers »

Please urge Republican Senators to block anti-gun Caitlin Halligan

Featured image Caitlin Halligan is the general counsel for the Manhattan district attorney’s office. President Obama nominated Halligan to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2010. In 2011, she failed a cloture vote by a count of 54 for proceeding with her nomination to 45 vote against. Since then, Obama has re-nominated her four times. But until recently, Harry Reid has not brought her nomination back to the Senate floor for »