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In the first 12 months of President Obama’s second term in office, 43 of his judicial nominees have been confirmed. That’s nearly twice the number of confirmations for President George W. Bush during the same period of his second term.
What this chart ignores is that during President Obama's first term, there existed unprecedented obstruction to the Executive's authority to fill vacancies in the executive and judicial branches. As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid noted, over half of the 168 filibusters in the history of the United States have happened during the Obama. As such, even Senate Democrats who had previously been ardently against invoking the "Nuclear Option," such as Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer-- felt they had no choice but to change Senate rules given Republicans' devotion to their party at the expense of our nation.
This excellent chart by The National Memo reveals exactly the level of Republican-induced obstruction that forced the 'nuclear option' in order to free up nominations. Full facts, not half-truths.