Opinion

November 16, 2009 1:59 PM

Commentary: Confirming Judge Hamilton for the Seventh Circuit

When Barack Obama became President in January, the United States Courts of Appeals experienced openings in fourteen of their 179 judgeships. The new administration realized that swiftly filling these openings was critical and applied specific measures to facilitate appointments, vowing to end the "confirmation wars" that have plagued selection. Thus, President Obama exercised special care to insure that his first nominee, U.S. District Judge David Hamilton of Indiana, was extremely qualified. Despite these efforts, numerous Senate Republicans have opposed Judge Hamilton. It is crucial that the Senate confirm Judge Hamilton on Tuesday, as this date is the eight-month anniversary of his nomination.

Related content

Comments

Videos

More Videos

British royal family, Obamas trash talk ahead of Invictus Games 00:40

British royal family, Obamas trash talk ahead of Invictus Games

Actress Allison Janney surprises reporters at White House press briefing 02:49

Actress Allison Janney surprises reporters at White House press briefing

Senators McCain, Roberts have heated exchange over Obama’s Army nominee 02:32

Senators McCain, Roberts have heated exchange over Obama’s Army nominee

Bald eagle parents feed a cat to their babies 01:41

Bald eagle parents feed a cat to their babies

John Boehner calls Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer in the flesh’ 00:45

John Boehner calls Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer in the flesh’

Funniest presidents of the last 25 White House Correspondents' Dinners 02:24

Funniest presidents of the last 25 White House Correspondents' Dinners

Gov. Nikki Haley: Keep Gitmo detainees out of South Carolina 07:48

Gov. Nikki Haley: Keep Gitmo detainees out of South Carolina

Team USA counts down to Summer Olympics in Rio 01:40

Team USA counts down to Summer Olympics in Rio

Harnessing the power of water to turn it into electricity 03:51

Harnessing the power of water to turn it into electricity

Will Carly Fiorina help Ted Cruz win the Republican nomination? 01:30

Will Carly Fiorina help Ted Cruz win the Republican nomination?

S.C. Chamber of Commerce D.C. Fly-In 01:08

S.C. Chamber of Commerce D.C. Fly-In

Trailer: Snowden 02:40

Trailer: Snowden

Share Video

Editor's Choice Videos