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:
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.