Announcing his first federal appeals court pick, President Obama today reached for a moderate who already has the bipartisan support of both of his home state's senators. If confirmed, federal Chief District Judge David Hamilton of Indiana will get a seat on the US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.
So is this good news? Perhaps so. It's nice that we can finally stop worrying about how to block wacky ultra-right zealots and start hoping for better federal courts.