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Saturday, April 21, 2018

The only issue in November

As West Virginia Republicans grumble over our choices for the Senate this year, we have to look at the big picture.


President Trump has nominated 27 appellate judges. A Republican Senate has confirmed 14 of them.

There are 179 appellate judges on the various U.S, circuit appeals courts. Pending confirmations, Trump will by the end of the year have appointed 15% of the appellate judges.

Think this does not matter? Obama flipped our Fourth Circuit with six appointments.

Circuit courts do 98% of the appeals work, as the Supreme Court accepts about 2% of its cases.

Oh yes, the Supreme Court. I almost forgot about that.

Trump already appointed one justice, Neil Gorsuch, who succeeded Antonin Scalia, who died in his sleep at 79.

Stephen Breyer is 79. Anthony Kennedy is 81. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85.

Kennedy likely will retire this summer, and Trump will be able to appoint a reliable conservative, say, Thomas Hardiman, who turns 53 in July. Having a Republican Senate should keep the court conservative with another Scalia-level justice.

But who replaces Breyer or Ginsburg next year? Control of the Senate will determine if we get a David Souter or another Gorsuch.

Republican presidents have had to appoint judges in the face of Democratic Senates. Nixon, Ford, and Bush 41 never had a Republican Senate. This led to the appointment of moderates who became liberals as judges.

West Virginia needs to flip red because Nevada likely flips blue. Josh Mandel dropping out of the race in Ohio likely means another term for Charlie Brown's brother. Montana, North Dakota, and even Missouri may not flip.

West Virginians need to step up to the plate, and knock Joe Manchin out of the game.

Manchin voted against the appointment of Steven Grasz to the Eighth Circuit, against the appointment of Don Willett to the Fifth Circuit, and against the appointment of John Kenneth Bush to the Sixth Circuit. These were close confirmation votes for well-qualified candidates. IfDemocrats Arizona and Nevada, we lose the judiciary.

Manchin is not on Trump's Team. Heck, he cannot clap his hands without Chuck Schumer's permission.

Say what you will about Evan Jenkins and Patrick Morrisey, but they are team players. They won't (Jeff) Flake out on us.

And you don't have to be on Trump's Team to appreciate the importance of reining in the judiciary by appointing sane judges who stick to the Constitution. Mitch McConnell made this possible by not allowing votes on Obama's appointees in Obama's final year.

When it comes to replacing Ginsburg, we don't want Harriet Miers. We want someone from the A list that the Heritage Foundation handed Trump. (Trump never hid that he outsourced to Heritage his list of 21 Supreme Court nominees. It's a good list.)

The question isn't who loves Trump most, but rather: who has the best chance to defeat Manchin in November?

By the way, Democrats are running a Booth Goodwin PAC against Jenkins and Morrisey while Republicans run one against Blankenship. That clarifies my choices in May. November matters.


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  1. We’re starting to get the ad blitz up here in the EP, Big D. Basically, it goes like this:

    Jenkins is a Swamp Creature.
    Morissey is a tool of Planned Parenthood.
    Blankenship’s negligence killed a bunch of miners.

    I’m like, so what? As I said before, I would vote for Bozo The Clown before I voted for Status Quo Joe. Joe must go. Joey don’t want it, never did want it.

  2. Oh, and I’m sticking with Patrick unless you think otherwise.

  3. I dunno about Mandel, Don. Dewine has a lot of money and good name recognition. I would have preferred Mandel as the candidate, but I'll vote against Brown regardless.

    1. Everyone preferred Mandel but God had other plans

  4. If the Republicans are running PAC ads against Blankenship he must be doing something right. Plus, he has an ax to grind with the feds. - Elric

  5. "West Virginia needs to flip red."

    The folks as who seceded from secessionists sound like just the people to drive the lesson home to liberal jerkoffs with selective hearing.