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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Politico horrified as Trump's judges win approval

The Mitch McConnell Court is starting to get through the Senate. Conservative experts select them, President Trump appoints them, and the Senate approves them.

That last move is why I call this the Mitch McConnell Court.

Senate approval has been the bottleneck. Democrats can delay judicial appointments forever.

Or could. McConnell changed the rules.

From Politico:
President Donald Trump has nominated 50 candidates to lifetime appointments to the federal bench — including a man who asserted transgender children were evidence of “Satan’s plan,” one deemed unqualified by the American Bar Association and a handful of prolific bloggers.
And the GOP has unanimously stuck by Trump’s judges. Senate Republicans have cleared judicial nominees at a comparatively rapid clip this year — even as the conservative base has complained they’re not moving fast enough — and are planning to pick up the pace even more in the coming months.
The story went on and on about the judge who told the truth about transgender children. The left is grooming them. The older I get, the more I realize neither God nor the devil are dead, and the devil is sneaky as hell.

However, there are angels -- or at least partial angels. Nobody's perfect.

Getting and keeping Republicans on board is great work by McConnell. Unlike Harry Reid, who had 60 senators when he got Obamacare through the Senate in December 2009, McConnell has only 52 -- and that includes old goats like John McCain.

I want that 2008 vote back.

From Politico:
“The judge story is an untold story,” Trump said Monday at a news conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “When you think about it, Mitch and I were saying, that has consequences 40 years out, depending on the age of the judge, but 40 years out.”
No Republican senator has voted against Trump’s judicial nominees so far this year, either in committee or in confirmation votes on the floor.
The pace is slow, but...
As of Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will have held confirmation hearings for 26 district and circuit court nominees. At this point in Obama’s presidency, 14 of those nominees had hearings, according to Christopher Kang, who worked on nominations in the Obama White House.
Trump came into office with not just an open Supreme Court seat but a historic number of vacancies on the federal bench, thanks in major part to McConnell’s dramatic slowdown of judicial confirmations in the final two years of Obama’s presidency.
Trump’s slate of judicial nominees has enthralled the right.
I call it the Mitch McConnell Court. He held those seats open for a Republican president.

And Trump is appointing the most conservative judges he can. With President Jebbio McCruzney, you would have gotten another David Souter. OK, Cruz would have gone with Gorsuch.

But we know who Trump went with. The next Supreme Court nominee also will be Scalia-worthy.

Trump's been involved in 3,500 lawsuits according to USA Today. He knows judges. He ain't about to appoint a Souter.

Remember when he went after that Hispanic judge who was overseeing the Trump University case? He did that to signal he would not appoint moderates.

He also knew he had no case and would settle for his screwup after the election. He did. You might not know that because at the time he settled, the media was howling about his tweets against the cast of "Hamilton."

That, you remember.

Trump also signaled that liberals could no longer hide behind their race or sex. This is a huge step forward for America. Martin Luther King's dream of judging people by the content of America will come true despite lefty tokenism.

McConnell prioritized judges over other legislation. Much as I dislike Obamacare, and as nice as tax reform would be, he made the right call.

I prefer fair, impartial and sober judges over some of the whack jobs Obama appointed.


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  1. McConnell has gotten a bad press because of the Constitution really. The Senate is composed of 100 little Kings over whom he has scant control. If 18 come through he will be able to help Trump by ignoring some of the smaller Kings. Most of the Kings don't care about judges. They are often in districts far from them, are not bribable, and can't be displayed to constituents like say a bridge. It is easier to support them without question. Liberalism has done much damage to our society through the courts. Trump and McConnell will be long remembered and gratefully so if they continue on fixing them. That Politico hates them both make me feel optimistic about their work.

  2. The more federal judges are confirmed before 2021 the better I will feel about the future of the country.

  3. Improves my opinion of McConnell.

    1. Slightly. Judges are the keys to the kingdom. But as an enabler of legislation, McConnell sucks.

  4. Well... it's a good column Don, but I still don't have a lot of use for McConnell.

    At least in this respect he is doing good work, so I'll give him that.

    I really, really hope that there's another vacancy on the SCOTUS very soon, there are a number presently on the court that I would really like to read the obituary of, and if even one more solid Constitutionalist can be appointed I'll breathe a whole lot easier.

    When that happens, I'll cheer for McConnell, and ungrudgingly!

  5. We told the Dims they would regret the Harry Reid rule. - GOC

    1. We shouldn't have, better to let them think they are oh-so-smart.
      OK, they do no matter what.

    2. They were warned and, like good little leftards, they ignored us because we're all a bunch of idiots. Too bad for them.

  6. Certain elite Democrats are just waking up to the notion that Trump is currently appointing the judges that will eventually try them.

  7. Al Franken's blue slip shenanigans may be an own goal if it gives McConnell a justification to override that rule.

    Wouldn't it be fun if Franken opened another door like how Reid did with the Supreme Court?