OBAMA LEGAL LEGACY
Long ago and far away — make that about eight years ago — then-Sen. Barack Obama talked much about “hope and change,” promising he would transform America. Looks like the emphasis is on the change, however.
“After nearly eight years as president, he has delivered on one front by reshaping the federal judiciary. That revolution has been comprehensive, dramatic, and under the radar,” writes Philip Wegman, a congressional correspondent for The Daily Signal, an investigative news group organized by The Heritage Foundation.
“When Obama entered the Oval Office, liberal judges controlled just one of the 13 circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Fifty-five successful presidential nominations later, liberal majorities now control nine of those appeals benches, or 70 percent,” Mr. Wegman continues. “Outside of legal circles the transformation of the influential federal appeals courts has gone largely unnoticed, though.”
Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett tells The Daily Signal: “The Supreme Court grabs the spotlight, but it hears fewer than 100 cases a year, while the 13 federal courts of appeals handle about 35,000. More than one-third of the 179 judges on federal appeals courts owe their seat to Obama. That’s a legacy with a capital L.”