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While you were watching the Democrat debates, Mitch McConnell rammed through more judges

While you were watching the Democrat debates, Mitch McConnell rammed through more judges

“What Mitch McConnell is trying to do this week is confirm more judges in a week than he allowed President Obama to have confirmed in his final two years in office.”

The mainstream media focus on attacking Trump over everything has once continuously curious gap – federal judicial confirmations.

This is a theme we have covered for the past two years, including in this May 2019 post, While you were distracted by [insert news cycle], Trump continued to reshape the federal judiciary:

The Trump judicial confirmation train kept rolling down the tracks the past few weeks, as you probably were distracted by the news cycle frenzy of the day.

Trump has the opportunity to reshape the federal judiciary at every level.

This is a theme I’ve writing about since before Trump was inaugurated, Dems’ Nuclear Option will allow Trump to fill over 100 court vacancies quickly (December 26, 2016), and Liberal nightmare: Trump could appoint half federal judiciary (January 18, 2017).

I’ve also focused on how the furious news cycles have distracted just about everyone from Trump’s judicial progress, While you were focused on COMEY, Trump nominated another group of CONSERVATIVE Judges and Republicans continue reshaping federal judiciary, though you probably are focused on Democrat anti-Semitism.

Do you know where things stand now? Of course not, you’ve been focused on Democrat histrionics about Mueller and Barr and just about everything else.

Instead of focusing on the reshaping of the judiciary, the liberal media and activists are focused on calling McConnell “Moscow Mitch.”

The past two days of CNN Democrat debates is another example. There wasn’t a single question about Trump’s reshaping of the federal judiciary, or McConnell’s pledge to confirm a Supreme Court nominee in an election year. There wasn’t a single question about it.

While the media was distracted by Democrats attacking Trump, each other, and even Barack Obama, few noticed that Mitch McConnell advanced more nominees. One the first night of the debate, 11 nominees advanced to a floor vote.

That’s part of a total of 17 scheduled for confirmation votes this week, of which 13 were confirmed as of the CNN second debate last night:

The Senate confirmed 13 of President Trump’s judicial picks this week, helping clear the deck ahead of the five-week August recess.

The nominees were split up throughout the week with four confirmation votes taking place on Tuesday and nine on Wednesday, three of which were by voice votes.

“For too long fairly uncontroversial judicial nominees just like these have been held up and delayed by our Democratic colleagues even when the vacancy qualifies as a judicial emergency. Uncontroversial district judges used to be confirmed promptly in big groups by voice vote,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said from the Senate floor ahead of the votes on Wednesday.

It’s worth noting that as part of a deal with Democrats to allow the votes without needed for floor argument, 4 of the district court nominees were originally nominated by Obama.

That puts Trump on track for 150 lifetime appointees to the federal courts:

Almost alone, Maddow’s show took note, with a guest noting: “What Mitch McConnell is trying to do this week is confirm more judges in a week than he allowed President Obama to have confirmed in his final two years in office.”

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Comanche Voter | August 1, 2019 at 9:03 am

Keep the pedal to the metal Mitch!

When repubs take back the house, they all need to pass legislation to reign in the rogue district courts and limits on the supreme court too, such as strict scrutiny on constitutional issues. 2a would be prime example.

4 of the district court nominees were originally nominated by Obama.

I can’t see this as good news. Obama is “reshaping the federal judiciary” and he isn’t even in office.

    Miles in reply to tom_swift. | August 1, 2019 at 9:41 am

    While district judges are important, the seats on the circuit appeals courts are much more important.
    As so many cases are heard at the appellant level, but never see the light of day at SCOTUS, those appointments are much more decisive.

    artichoke in reply to tom_swift. | August 1, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Yeah, if Obama gets 4 out of 17, Trump would need 4 of his own just to be even, and even more than that if the average is that more appointees are to be conservative than liberal. Those 4 Obama judges are seats Trump will never ever be able to fill.

    So I hope he got enough for it.

A bit off topic, but a while back there was talk of splitting the 9th district into two or more districts, was that serious and has any progress been made, or was it just talk, grist for the mill?

    Tom Servo in reply to Owego. | August 1, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    So far it’s just talk – mainly because it has to be done by legislation from Congress, and as long as Pelosi is speaker, Congress is a dead letter.

    artichoke in reply to Owego. | August 1, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    I don’t see the advantage. It would probably create two smaller hostile circuits, and then I suppose the less-hostile would be easier to flip to friendly but then still there’s one hostile circuit, and that’s all that’s needed for judge shopping.

    Sounds easker just to keep working on the 9th Circuit as it is and eventually try to flip it too.

“While you were [or weren’t!] watching the Democratic debates, Mitch McConnell rammed through more judges”
“The brutally boring, mind-numbing, brain-cell-destroying Democrat Debate #2”
great summation, Professor.

Let’s keep things straight. The judges are not Trump’s. The judges getting the nominations are also McConnell’s.

They are close to the same but I’m sure that a deal was done that McConnell picks the list that Trump selects from and then Mitch guarantees they’ll get thru and also that the Senate will back Trump as far as keeping the Dems off his back.
Make no mistake this is a strategic move on Mitch’s part and Trump has agreed to it for whatever reason. They may be in accord but I think this move is Mitch’s.
Trump saw the wisdom in it plus he was offered a tactical block at least while the Senate rules.
Let’s give credit where credit is due.

    Tom Servo in reply to jakee308. | August 1, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Actually, I think the man who has the most influence of all is Leonard Leo. If you’re not familiar with him, you should look him up – he’s more responsible for the Conservative push for Conservative Judges than anyone else I can think of.

    artichoke in reply to jakee308. | August 1, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Remember how Trump’s and McConnell’s Washington friendship started — with a deal. Trump made McConnell’s wife his Secretary of Transportation.

    Now I am sure she is doing a fine job, but I have heard very little from our Dept. of Transportation the past 3 years and i can’t even remember her name any more. But it doesn’t matter, because the most powerful man in the Senate is happy and is Trump’s reliable ally.

“Elections have consequences”?

Who knew…well, other than one Barrack Hussein Obama.

Another Voice | August 1, 2019 at 12:11 pm

How important are Judicial Appointments?
Important enough to have many of the voters who voted Pres. Trump into office for no other reason than to secure the appointment for the open seat at the Supreme Court. All the rest appointments we now have are strictly a result of Sen. McConnell’s doubling down and staying in his lane. His contributions of securing the Judicial Branch of government for at least the next 20 years will be his legacy, though it will probably be sub-noted under this administration. As the Appeals Court and SCOTUS ruled against Obama the highest number of times of any president, not so with Pres. Trump. As the Democrats go further and further left, having these Judges appointed now and in place are going to prove how important Sen. McConnell’s agenda will secure our Constitution without bias to the political will of a progressive agenda and their “interpretation” of said rules.

@Another Voice

Where can one find the data regarding
SCOTUS rulings against presidents.

    Another Voice in reply to The Classical Liberal. | August 1, 2019 at 1:03 pm would ask me!
    I can’t be specific but will share when I want uncorrupted & unbiased data not preempted by news articles, I use and where I found a data base of all appointments categorized for all federal courts broken down to each administration. (And they don’t track algorithm for preempting what they think you should read)

Thank you, Harry Reid!

    PersonofInterests in reply to gregale. | August 2, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Eactly right. We can thank Harry Reid for his stupidity in presuming future continuity if electing Socialists like Barack Obola for making the mistake in using the Nuclear Option

    Can we imagine that Mitch McCommunist would have moved to use the Nuclear Option to support President Trump? To believe that is to be absurd.

Won’t help if you don’t prosecute anybody. Per Fox, Comey gets a pass, to the surprise of no-one who is paying attention. Two sets of laws, one for the rulers and one for the subjects.

You go, Mitch!

Love it. You go Moscow Mitch.
The dems will regret that error for years if Mitch keeps getting judges into place.

‘The Turtle’ does just enough good, to keep his job. Notice that most of it are always the year prior to re-election.