When you get a chance, you should read my new piece for the magazine on the huge number of judicial vacancies plaguing the lower courts. The short story is that Obama has made preciously few nominations for judicial vacancies, which has left the lower court system in disarray, with almost two dozen "judicial emergencies" among the circuit and district courts. Of course, Obama isn't entirely to blame; Republicans have brought the confirmation process to a standstill, leaving dozens of nominees in limbo. Given the GOP's newfound confidence, I expect this to carry over into the next year, when Republicans have a larger minority and Democrats move to embrace their reflexive timidity.
I'm already tired of President Obama's apology tour:
But as the president returned home on Sunday to face an even more rigidly divided capital city, Mr. Obama went even further: he blamed himself for the failure to do what he had repeatedly promised: to change the tone.