And Biden is moving at a breakneck speed. So much so, that Biden has gotten more of his judges installed at this point of his presidency than any other president in the last 40 years.
So far, nine of 33 nominees have been confirmed, seven of those have already been sworn in, and 14 others are awaiting a floor vote in the Senate.
Former President Donald Trump at this point in his first year had only five judges confirmed, (including Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch) but ultimately placed 234 judges to lifetime appointments, including three Supreme Court Justices.
Joe Biden is no stranger to the impact of confirming judges or legal wrangling.
As a Senator, he chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1987 to 1995. Biden’s Chief of Staff Ron Klain served as Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a leading attorney in both the Clinton and Obama administrations.
Biden choice Zahid Quraishi became the first Muslim to be confirmed by the Senate. Beth Robinson, nominated for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, and Charlotte Sweeney for the Colorado federal district court, would be the first openly LGBT judges on those courts.
During the run up to the 2020 election, Democrats began dreaming about the ways they would counteract the the large number of nominally conservative judges installed by Donald Trump – with a focus on the Supreme Court.
Prior to the election, the idea of packing the Supreme Court, expanding the number of Justices from nine to 13, 15, or even larger, was floated by liberals. During the presidential campaign, Biden stated that he might create a commission to look into the idea, but was vague on whether he was for or against it. He would have to be elected for Americans to find that out.
Then Democrats turned their sights on Justice Stephen Breyer.
Breyer, a Clinton appointee, is the ranking liberal since the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg last fall. Breyer has been the target of liberals to step down so Joe Biden could appoint a younger and more than likely more liberal Justice to the high court.
Breyer said last month he has no plans to step down, prompting no shortage of nasty tweets from the left.