President Barack Obama has nominated Oklahoma City jurist Robert Bacharach to a seat on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Where have we heard this before?
Actually, it also happened a year ago. Obama first nominated Bacharach to the seat in January 2012, but the nomination fell victim to the silly games U.S. senators play just to make a point.
Recap: A 10th Circuit seat that's traditionally gone to an Oklahoman has stood vacant since the middle of 2010, when Robert Henry stepped down to become president of Oklahoma City University. Obama first considered nominating someone from outside the state. Our congressional delegation balked. Later it appeared University of Tulsa law school dean Janet Levit would be nominated, but buy-in from home state senators is crucial to the process and Republican Sen. Tom Coburn nixed that.
Coburn then asked former Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Turpen for a list of potential Democratic nominees. Bacharach was among them. Obama nominated him and Bacharach in May won easy approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee.