The request was that President Obama could build goodwill by following President Bush's example on how to deal with former presidents' nominees. When George W. Bush came to office, as a gesture of reaching across the aisle he re-nominated two judicial nominees that had been nominated by President Clinton but not received a confirmation vote in the U.S. Senate by the time Bill Clinton left office. Those two nominees, Barrington Parker and Roger Gregory, were promptly confirmed by the new Senate to lifetime positions on the Second Circuit and Fourth Circuit federal appeals courts, respectively.
So Senate Republicans are now asking for the same treatment for two or more of President Bush's nominees. The senators have singled out three outstanding Bush nominees, Peter Keisler, Glen Conrad and Paul Diamond for President Obama to re-nominate. All three received accolades from Democrats and others across the aisle, and have received the "Well Qualified" highest rating of the American Bar Association.
Peter Keisler, in particular, should be confirmed to remedy a truly ridiculous situation. First nominated on June 29, 2006, Mr. Keisler's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit languished in the Senate for no reason whatsoever for a full two and a half years until President Bush left office. Despite clearly having the votes to be confirmed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to allow the Senate to vote. Keisler has impeccable credentials as one of the highest - ranking officials in the Justice Department, a graduate of Yale Law School and a former law clerk to moderate Justice Anthony Kennedy. Even the Washington Post and L.A. Times - that rarely see a conservative they like - wrote that Peter Keisler deserves to be confirmed.