A Tale of Two Charts

The Family Research Council’s Tom McClusky comments on today’s New York Times article reporting that President Obama will soon start making judicial nominations, saying he can’t believe that the paper “neglects to mention that the reason there are so many vacancies is the underhand tactics Democrats used over the years to block a number of nominees for these posts.”

Interesting.  As of today, there are 67 vacancies on the federal judiciary:

At this point in George W. Bush’s term in office, there were 94 vacancies:

If these 67 vacancies for Obama to fill are the result of the Democrats’ underhanded tactics against President Bush’s nominees, I wonder what was responsible for the 94 vacancies left for Bush to fill when he took office?