Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pack Up Your Troubles

The GOP at the acme of hypocrisy:

Republican senators are fuming about President Barack Obama’s attempt to fill empty seats on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, charging him with “court-packing” and alleging that his push to confirm nominees is all politics.

But not only is Obama not “court-packing” — a term describing an attempt to add judges to a court with the goal of shifting the balance, not filling existing vacancies — but Republicans’ efforts to prevent Obama from appointing judges amount to their own attempt to tip the scales in their favor. What’s more, some of the GOP senators trying to prevent his nominees from advancing previously voted to fill the court when there was a Republican in the White House.

As it stands, the powerful D.C. Circuit has 11 seats, three of which are vacant. Obama has signaled plans to put forward nominees for all three open slots as soon as this week. But Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and other Republicans are pushing legislation that would eliminate those seats and keep the court where it is: with eight judges, four of whom were appointed by Democrats and four of whom were appointed by Republicans.

These folks will do anything — anything — to screw over President Obama, even if it means fundamentally altering the makeup of the federal judiciary just to do it.

There has got to be a reason for this kind of behavior, but I can’t put my finger on it.