A Mostly Untold Story

As Drumpf spends his face time on TV racially attacking a federal judge appointed by Barack Obama, we get almost no information about the larger problem with the judicial nomination process. From Democratic Underground:

Header and subheader of the Daily Beast article on which the above graphic is based:

It’s Not Just Merrick Garland: Republicans Are Blocking So Many Nominees It’s Caused a Judicial Emergency

The judicial confirmation rate under the Republican-controlled Senate is less than half of what it was when Democrats held power under George W. Bush. There are so few judges that it’s hurting the country.

Finally, an important paragraph from the article showing how conservatives in the Senate still think our first African-American president is only three-fifths of a man:

And it’s not just judges. The Congressional Research Service found that President Obama has had the fewest presidential nominees confirmed in decades: 198, compared with 345 for George W. Bush, and 268 for Bill Clinton.

These days you rarely hear a word about Republican obstructionism, which is not just limited to the confirmation process of presidential nominees. Our economic progress has also been retarded by Republicans in Congress. All of which has done great damage to people’s perception of their governmental institutions. But what we often get from journalists is documentation of the dangerous cynicism sweeping the country without a proper exploration of its cause. And what we get from that journalistic failure is a Drumpf.

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  1. Reblogged this on Still Skeptical After All These Years and commented:
    This article is only the latest on the Party of No. The GOP leaders seem to have no constructive ideas at all and have spent their time on such negativities as privatizing Social Security to make it Social Insecurity (the stock market) and neutering the EPA. (Lead in the water? What lead?) Anyway, if you need one more reason to vote Democrat, here it is.


    • I saw a sad segment on CNN this morning about babies in Brazil suffering from Zika-caused microcephaly. What a horrendous birth defect and what a horrendous thing the Republican Party is doing by not funding the fight against the Zika virus here at home. It’s one of those things that people tend to blame on “Congress” and not on the real culprits on the right. And that is because, I can attest, of the way it is presented by television journalism. That whole segment played this morning and not a word was mentioned about what Republicans in the House have done, or not done. Pathetic.


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