Judicial Nominees and Ideological Extremism

President Obama will announce three new nominees to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today. On Sunday, I was on a panel on MSNBC’s Up With Steve Kornacki, discussing the looming showdown over Republican obstruction of the president’s appointments to the federal bench. One major point: while Republicans, under Bush, pressed for ideologically extreme nominees to the D.C. Circuit (and other federal courts), they are now portraying Obama’s nominees–all mainstream legal thinkers–as extremists from the other side. Here’s one clip from the show:

Other clips from the show are here; we also discussed the retirement of Michele Bachmann from the House.


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