I’ve had my issues from time to time with Mitch McConnell, but man is he ramming new judge appointments through the Senate. Excerpt:
McConnell and Trump have already overseen the confirmation of more than 150 judges — a whopping 40 more than former President Barack Obama had confirmed at a similar point in his tenure.
McConnell got a standing ovation Wednesday at a White House celebration Trump held to mark the achievement, and they’re celebrating on the campaign trail, too. “So President Obama left Mitch and me and Rand [Paul] and all of us, he left 142 openings for judges,” Trump said to cheers at a Monday rally in McConnell’s home state, Kentucky. “You are not supposed to allow any. You don’t do that.”
Rest assured McConnell and Trump have no plans to do that. So while Democrats are obsessing over impeachment, and government funding remains at an impasse over funding for Trump’s border wall, McConnell is going to stick to his knitting and steamroll Democrats with another wave of judicial confirmations.
“The Senate will continue its work in the personnel business and confirm more of the president’s outstanding nominees to the federal judiciary,” McConnell said on the Senate floor this week. “Since our Democratic colleagues chose last week to filibuster defense funding and block the Senate from even considering legislation to fund our armed forces, we’ll turn our focus to confirmations while we wait for progress from them on appropriations.”
In other words, Senator McConnell knows how this game is played, and he’s damn well playing it.
Of course, President Trump’s judicial nominees are an order of magnitude less horrible than Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I’s picks would have been. And given the fact that here in America these days the process seems to be to legislate through the courts, getting a bunch of Federal judges who are at least on nodding terms with the Constitution would be a good thing.
Government, as George Washington pointed out, is like fire, a fearful servant and a dreadful master. Having power over others is addictive. Judges are prone to that no less than any other official. So, I guess, maybe “less horrible” is the best we can hope for.
Let’s see what less horrible gets us.