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More Court Packing

Dec. 13, 2013

Once again, Senate Democrats took advantage of having “gone nuclear” and ending the filibuster for judicial nominees. In the dark of night Thursday, the Senate confirmed Cornelia Pillard to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals by a vote of 51-44. That makes two additional Obama nominees on the court with the lightest workload, and it gives leftists a 6-4 advantage on the court that hears most challenges to executive actions. On top of that, National Review’s Patrick Brennan calls Pillard “probably the most extreme of President Obama’s judicial nominees this year.” Why? Well, for example, Brennan says she opposed a church’s right to be exempt from normal employment-discrimination law in order to decide on a minister. The Supreme Court disagreed with her, 9-0. Beware…