While Democrats and their media allies were focused on the Democrat presidential primary debates this week, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — aka “Cocaine Mitch,” aka the “Grim Reaper” — was busy making life hell on Earth for future generations of rabidly liberal Democrats.
Rabidly liberal Democrats like poor Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano:
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 31, 2019
Fact-check: TRUE! (Surprisingly enough, given her track record …)
According to reports, McConnell had vowed to confirm 19 of President Donald Trump’s lifetime judicial appointees before the Senate begins its five-week summer recess.
And by Wednesday evening, the night of the second round of the second Democrat presidential primary debate, the Senate majority leader had reportedly already accomplished nearly 70 percent of his goal.
“The Senate confirmed 13 of President Trump’s judicial picks this week, helping clear the deck ahead of the five-week August recess,” The Hill reported Wednesday evening. “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.”
More specifically, the first four confirmation votes took place Tuesday NIGHT, while the second nine confirmation votes took place Wednesday NIGHT.
Republicans had quite a week confirming judges before the August recess – 13 confirmations. That brings the total number of lower court confirmations this year to 61.
By my count, there are 114 current vacancies across the federal courts, the lowest it’s been since Jan. 2017
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) August 1, 2019
But by the time leftists like Milano began to take note, it was already too late. All that was left for them to do was to see whether the current crop of Democrat presidential candidates have what it takes to undo the “damage” both McConnell President Donald Trump have done to the judiciary.
And so with that in mind, this week a slew of far-left groups — Demand Justice, the American Constitution Society, the Committee for a Fair Judiciary and Take Back the Court — sent a letter to CNN begging the network to question the Democrat candidates about the judiciary.
“Confronting this generational shift in our courts will be one of the most pressing issues for the next president—in fact, the viability of his or her entire agenda depends on it,” they wrote.
“The next Democratic president’s success will be determined by whether he or she is able to counter the extreme right takeover of our third branch of government. Democratic voters—and all Americans—deserve to know which candidates are prepared to meet this challenge and how they will do so. We cannot afford another debate where this critical issue is ignored.”
However, there’s nothing actually “extreme” about Republicans — who control the White House and the Senate — using their constitutionally guaranteed power to confirm judges. What is extreme, McConnell suggested in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, is Democrats’ obstruction.
“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,” he said. “Uncontroversial district judges used to be confirmed promptly in big groups by voice vote.”
Just how bad is the obstruction?
“During the entire 20th century, only 44 confirmed judges received more than ten negative votes,” National Review notes. “So far, 47 Trump-nominated judges have received more than 10 nays on their successful confirmation votes. Thirty-one of them received more than 40 negative votes.”
“Democrats have also forced the Senate to take a separate vote to invoke cloture, or end debate, before confirming 55 Trump judges. That’s six times as many as during the first two years of the previous nine presidents combined. This is confirmation obstruction on a massive, unprecedented scale.”
Despite this obstruction, Trump has — thanks to McConnell’s slick maneuvering in the Senate — been mostly successful in placing conservative justices onto the country’s many courts.
“We have many appeals court judges—many—that we’ll have appointed,” the president said proudly during a speech last week at the Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit.
“The courts are a whole different thing. I will be up to 147, not including the two Supreme Court justices. Now, percentage-wise, I blow everybody away except one person. One person I’ll never beat. You know who the one person is?”
“George Washington. He’s got 100%. George Washington,” he added.
While it’s unclear whether that particular claim is true, The Daily Signal notes that “Trump [has] nominated more appeals court judges than any other president going back to Carter, according to the Congressional Research Service report, released in March.”
He’s likewise “had more district court nominees confirmed in his first two years than Carter, the elder Bush, and Obama, but fewer than Reagan, Clinton, and the younger Bush, according to the Congressional Research Service.”
Dovetailing back to the far-left groups’ letter, The Hill notes that CNN ultimately chose to not ask the candidates a single question about the judiciary branch, let alone the Supreme Court.
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