It was bad enough during the Clinton administration when there was virtually a for sale sign outside the Lincoln bedroom in order to garner campaign contributions. Now, in an effort to push Obamacare over the line, President Obama appears to be going so far as to sell a judgeship.
According to an article in The Weekly Standard, the brother of a Democratic congressman, Jim Matheson of Utah, has just been nominated by Obama to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. It just so happens that the congressman voted against the original House health care bill last November but is now “undecided.” What a coincidence that his brother is named to an appeals court judgship as the final decision day for Obamacare approaches!
To be fair, the congressman’s brother, Scott Matheson, has solid academic credentials and has served as a prosecutor. However, he has no judicial experience. He is leapfrogging over many more experienced lower court judges just as Obama is trying to convert as many skeptics in his own party as he can to vote yes for Obamacare.
This is crass Chicago-style politics, even worse than the special deals in the Senate that Harry Reid put together. Now our third branch of government – an independent judiciary – is being infected by the stench of Obamacare.