Presidents come and go, but federal judges stay. In the second term, it is important that President Obama find ways to focus his energies on judicial nominations, and find ways to ensure that the Senate does the same.
The Republican Super PACs have millions of dollars to spend, not to save. Watch for their hard-nosed decisions after the first Presidential debate to flood even more money into the competitive small-state Senate races.
Illinois alone empowers its Supreme Court with absolute authority to fill judicial vacancies. Given that it grants one nominating body sole discretion over these appointments, transparency is especially important.
We need the Senate confirmation process to function properly so that diversity of the bench can advance, not retreat. Instead, minority candidates are falling victim to the confirmation stalemate, even when they have strong bipartisan support.
The vacancies on the federal bench continue to grow, resulting in a judicial system that is already overburdened coming to a grinding halt. The nation's courtrooms must not be left hostage to partisan bickering.