Obama to Republicans: Vote on My District Court Judges

Republicans push back against Obama nominations.

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, to announced the nominations of, from left, Robert Wilkins, Cornelia Pillard, and Patricia Ann Millet, to the federal appeals court in Washington.

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, to announced the nominations of, from left, Robert Wilkins, Cornelia Pillard, and Patricia Ann Millet, to the federal appeals court in Washington.

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"What is most troubling I think in the Obama years as this has trickled down to the District Court level; it's been a 10 percent vacancy rate almost for four years now and that's just harmful to the coequal branch of government," Tobias says. "I don't know what needs to happen, but the judges are starting to speak out."

Neither expert sees a swift end to the judiciary gridlock.

"I don't think this fight is really about the judiciary as much as it's more a manifestation of the contentious politics," Wheeler says.

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