*President Obama came into office with a pledge to counter President Bush’s attempt to load the nation’s federal courts with conservative judges.

He clearly indicated that he would seek to appoint more minorities and women to the federal bench. And thus far the president has been living up to his word.

Indeed, University of Massachusetts political science professor Sheldon Goldman has labeled the president’s efforts “extraordinary.”

A new report shows Obama has nominated 73 candidates to the federal bench. Of that number, half have been women, 25 percent have been African Americans, 11 percent Asian Americans and 10 percent Hispanics.

But Republican senators have been using just about every delaying tactic in the book to slow down the confirmation of the president’s nominees.

The bulk of President Obama’s nominees are expected to be confirmed but currently the Republicans are largely succeeding in their obstructionist efforts. (source: Taylor Media Services)