Maybe this will seem picayune or tribalistic but months ago I discovered that one of the Judges Obama was trying to put on the DC Circuit was a classmate of mine in Highschool. Since there were only 36 of us in my entire class, only half of whom were girls, this means I really knew her well. She was a striking and brilliant girl even then. I haven't seen her since, nor followed her career, but damn,
I'm proud of how she turned out and proud that everything they say about her marks her very much as a member of our class. Take it away Senator McConnell!
On Wednesday afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tore into Pillard as a "liberal ideologue" who "doesn't deserve" a lifetime-tenured position on the influential court, which hears cases on executive power.
“In short, Professor Pillard does not seem like a person with the mindset or temperament of a judge," he said. "She seems like a person with the attitude and disposition of a left-wing academic, someone who seems to come to conclusions based on how well they support her own theories."
Also, my daughter just started at this highschool in 9th grade this year and I'm proud that she has people like Nina Pillard to look up to and try to emulate. So: Go Team!
The Senate voted 51-44 early Thursday morning, around 1 a.m., to confirm Nina Pillard to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals after Republicans, angry about filibuster reform, forced an all-night session and pushed the vote at the last possible moment.
Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (WV), Mark Pryor (AR) and Joe Donnelly (IN) voted with Republicans against the confirmation.
Pillard, a law professor at Georgetown, became a judge after Patricia Millett was confirmed earlier this week to the powerful court, which looms large in President Barack Obama's second term. The two were confirmed as a result of to Democrats' decision to trigger the nuclear optionand eliminate the 60-vote threshold for presidential nominees other than the Supreme Court.
"I thank the Senate for confirming Nina Pillard to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which for the first time, will have five active female judges on the bench," Obama said in a statement. "Throughout her career, Ms. Pillard has displayed an unwavering commitment to justice and integrity. Her landmark accomplishments on behalf of women and families include Supreme Court cases defending the constitutionality of the Family and Medical Leave Act and opening the doors of the Virginia Military Institute to female students. I’m confident she will be a diligent, thoughtful and judicious addition to the D.C. Circuit."
Pillard's work on gender equality has drawn comparisons to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the leader of the Supreme Court's liberal wing, who was a D.C. Circuit judge before becoming a justice.
Dear Sens. Joe Manchin (WV), Mark Pryor (AR) and Joe Donnelly (IN): your lack of spine isn't going to help with your reelections. Voters may or may not like your stances on various issues, but they really don't like weasels.ReplyDelete
Not only that but what voters really care about putting someone on the DC circuit? In WV? Who do they think is paying attention to this level of administrative detail? If you think the Republicans are going to hammer you on something this weird and process oriented you have to figure that they can hammer you on anything including what you had for breakfast. Better to side with your own party, in Manchin's case, and build up some goodwill as a team player than try to placate the implacable.ReplyDelete