President Obama is starting to choose his Federal Judges (you remember; the ones the House refused to confirm for Bush? Yeah, THOSE Judges!) and Jimmy Carter would be proud:
Which is a lot like nominating General Sherman to be Governor of Georgia. Chicagolanders look down on and generally ignore Hoosiers; but I digress.
As Obama begins to remake the federal judiciary, his first appellate nominee is David F. Hamilton, a well-regarded federal district judge in Indianapolis who served as counsel to U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., when Bayh was governor.
And Bayh was one of the first major Dems to support Obama, so obviously this is pure payback.
Hamilton will serve on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal appellate court based in Chicago that covers Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Hamilton, considered a moderate, is a nephew of former U.S. Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, D-Ind. A Yale Law School graduate, he was appointed to the federal bench by then-President Bill Clinton in 1994.
The scoop here is not that he was appointed by Bill Clinton (no real surprise there), but that he’s Lee Hamilton’s nephew. Hamilton, tossed out of Congress by conservative Hoosiers for his leftoid views, was the Chairman of the 9-11 Commission, which tried really, really hard to blame Bush for 9-11. Remember him now?
He has served as clerk to the 7th Circuit’s Judge Richard Cudahy, who is viewed as a liberal judge.
You don’t say???
Hamilton made headlines in 2005 when he ruled that the Indiana Legislature couldn’t begin legislative sessions with Christian prayers — a ruling that was dismissed on appeal on the grounds that those who sued had no standing to file the case.
Oh, Gee — there’s some good signs. Not only is he one of these radical atheist supporters who wants to ban public prayers (at least for Christians), but he’s got that liberal code phrase of ” had no standing to file the case” going for him. That seems to be the phrase of the year for all the Obama Birth Certificate cases — just dismiss the suits out of hand without addressing the merits of the case — and claim “no standing to file the case.”
And get ready of more of the same for the other court bacancies — all the way up to and including the Supreme Court.
NOTE to all you ultra-conservatives who refused to hold your nose and vote for McCain:
THIS is BETTER??