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  •  Yes, there will be a shift (5+ / 0-)

    If Obama appoints judges to all the open seats (benches?), as I understand it it will shift the balance of judgeships from what is now about 50/50 R/D appointments, to more like 55%/45% D appointments to R. This was something I read here yesterday, maybe it was Markos's post. Not only that, he will be free now to appoint more liberal/progressive types, as he won't need to curry R Senate votes. AND, if they are youngish this will change the face of the judiciary for DECADES.

    Really, if this comes to pass, I wonder if there has been such an important shift since FDR. This seem's like a REALLY BFD.

    Also very, very important that Obama can now set up a working government with his agency appointments, which will also have a big impact. What a great day!!!

    Where in the Constitution does it say: "...on behalf of corporate interests" ???

    by sillia on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 06:37:39 AM PST

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    •  You are correct--it is a BFD (5+ / 0-)

      with the very real potential to alter the entire trajectory of the country in a more progressive direction. Although it sounds so novel, this is really what everyone should have expected from a two-term Democratic Administration. The Republicans thought they could thwart that inherent, Constitutionally-sanctioned power, and they were wrong

      This really will make the country we live in--and that our children will grow up in-- a better place in so many ways it's hard to encompass them all.  Even a conservatively tilted Supreme Court--by design-- only takes a miniscule number of cases yearly. The vast majority of the "action" is decided at the District Court and Circuit Court levels, which is what we're talking about here.

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