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Economist Lott: Obama Will Set Record for Judicial Appointments

Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 06:47 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

President Barack Obama has had remarkable success in getting his judicial picks on the bench — substantially more success than his predecessor George W. Bush, according to economist John Lott, Jr.

"To be honest, when you look at it, he has been much better at getting people on the court," Lott told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"George Bush got 72 percent of his appointments to the circuit court confirmed. Obama's gotten 85 percent during his first term confirmed."

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With the enactment of the "nuclear option" which gives the Senate absolute power in selecting judges, the White House will likely go on a picking and choosing spree.

"Now they're just going to be able to appoint people to all sorts of positions and [Obama has] already appointed over half the judiciary," said Lott, author of "Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges Off the Bench."

"There's going to be no president in modern history that's appointed such a large share of judges as Obama's going to be able to appoint by the end of his term."

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