Democrats embrace hardball judicial nomination tactics GOP adopted under Trump

(The practice -- known as "blue slips" -- has been maintained for district court nominees).
Biden's first-year effort was largely targeted at vacancies in states where both senators were Democrats.
While there was occasional tension over certain nominees, Democrats were largely on board with the President's vision for the judiciary.
Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty of Tennessee -- where the nominee, Andre Mathis, is from -- announced their opposition when Mathis' nomination was unveiled by the White House in November.
On Wednesday, Blackburn reiterated claims that the White House had not engaged meaningfully with Hagerty and her before choosing Mathis over the judge they had recommended for the position.
Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin , an Illinois Democrat, noted the GOP objection and said he had been unhappy when Republicans chose to forgo blue slips for circuit court nominees under Trump.
President Barack Obama was unable to fill six appellate seats due to the objections of home state Republican senators to his nominees.
The Trump administration, Grassley insisted, "generally solicited candidates from senators" and engaged in other types of back-and forth, though some committee Democrats said that was not their experience with the Trump White House.
Biden's judicial nomination push reaches red and purple statesThe fight over consultation comes as Biden enters the next phase of the judicial nomination battle.
Besides the quantity of judges confirmed, his White House has focused on bringing more professional diversity to the judiciary.
But Kang, of Demand Justice, argued there won't be enough circuit court vacancies in Biden's first term for Democrats to match what the hardball tactics had achieved for Trump.
"And then Democrats only get four years and maybe a half a dozen circuit court seats."
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