There are currently over 100 vacancies on the benches of lower federal courts (appeals and district) , and many more are likely to open up due to the large number of older judges in these positions.
While the lower courts attract a fraction of the public’s attention, they represent most of the federal docket. Only 15 percent of cases ever move past a district court judge to the circuit courts. Of these, only a tiny fraction make their way to the Supreme Court.
Republicans don’t even need to go “nuclear” on these lower federal court nominations; the Democrats already did that in 2013.
The Republican majority can vote all these Trump appointees in as fast as they get nominated.
William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection wrote:
“When will the Dem base become woke? The day after Gorsuch is confirmed, when they realize the folly of Harry Reid’s ways.
“And at that point, it’s going to be like election night and Inauguration day combined.”