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Chuck Schumer strikes deal to streamline judicial confirmations so Democrats can hit the campaign trail

August 30, 2018

“The resistance wilts in August”

  That is the subhead on this Huffington Post article. You may be wondering what the line is referring to because all indications show the resistance is still as strong as ever and Democratic voters are excited to head to the polls.

  The subhead is in reference to the Democratic leaders in the Congress, Chuck Schumer to be exact, stricking a deal with Mitch McConnell to expedite 15 of Donald Trump’s judicial nominees before the mid-term election so that the Democrats could hit the campaign trail a few days early. 

Senate Democrats just gave a huge gift to President Donald Trump: They agreed to expedite votes on 15 of his nominees to lifetime federal court seats because they wanted to go home.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) had lined up votes for all those district court nominees last week. Normally, Senate rules require up to 30 hours of waiting time for each nominee ― something Democrats typically take advantage of to delay action on confirming Trump judges. But Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) cut a deal with McConnell on Tuesday to bypass the wait times and let them all get through.

Why? So Democrats could get back to campaigning and focusing on winning re-election in November. The Senate is now out of session until next Tuesday.

And here is more:

It’s a major win for Trump and McConnell, whose No. 1 priority is filling up federal courts with conservative judges ― many of whom are incredibly anti-abortion, anti–LGBTQ rights and anti–voting rights. Trump has gotten 26 circuit court judges confirmed, more than any other president at this point in his term. Another way of putting it: 1 in 7 U.S. circuit court seats is now filled by a judge nominated by Trump.

  Chuck Schumer made a political calculation and he determined he could afford to let these judges be confirmed even though they are supposedly opposed to everything he believes in because it would be of more benefit to the holding on of power to have a few more days on the campaign trail. He put politics ahead of policy and I would be upset if I were a Democrat but we see this time and time again from the Washington elites. Gaining and holding on to power is what is most important to them.

  The thing is most people do not pay attention to judicial nominees, with the exception of the Supreme Court, so it might be a gamble well worth taking if it were not for the fact he sold himself out for a few votes Democrats probably do not need in the first place.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium  

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2018 10:30 am

    Let us hope to heck some of these were the 6 empty seats on the 9th circuit. Senators from any state can simply stop any nominee from the court in their state. Let us hope this has been overwritten as well. The 9th needs to be diluted.

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 1, 2018 7:54 am

      Now that would be great!

      Liked by 1 person

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