Obama just can’t win. Both Republicans and Democrats are upset with him over the lack of progress made on judicial appointments. The left is criticizing Obama for blowing his chance to fill federal courts with progressives and for not fighting for the judges he has nominated (so far only three of his 23 nominations have been confirmed). Republicans, on the other hand, say Obama isn’t giving the judiciary the importance it deserves, evident by the fact that he’s nominated only 23 judges in the same amount of time George W. Bush nominated 95. The White House insists that it’s going to turn it around on the judiciary front and act fast to fill the 90 vacant judicial seats on appellate and district courts. But first it has to figure out Afghanistan, reform health care, overturn don’t ask, don’t tell, reduce unemployment and convince Chuck Todd to shave his goatee (so cute!). [Washington Post]
Post-manual-recount Florida Senate **official** election results: Rick Scott (R) defeats Bill Nelson (D) by 10,033 votes.
The manual recount actually shifted the margin by 2,570 votes, which is more than twice as many as the previous record recount shift this century. The fact that Florida is a huge state helps, but that’s certainly notable.
25,543 fewer votes were cast in the Florida Senate race than governor’s race in Broward County. It’s possible—though by no means certain—that bad ballot design cost Bill Nelson his seat.