Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has just canceled most of the August recess, with the goal of confirming more of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees.
Trump, thanks to the right wing think tanks, supporters in the Senate, and especially McConnell, have been extraordinarily successful at filling openings on the federal bench. Today one in eight judges is a Trump appointee. And many of them hold disturbing, right wing extremist positions.
McConnell is nothing if not strategic.
"Democrats are defending 26 seats, including two independent seats in Maine and Vermont, while Republicans have nine on the ballot," in the upcoming midterms, The Washington Post notes.
That leaves Democratic Senators with a conundrum.
"Attend to Senate business during time they could otherwise use to campaign back home or remain in their states and face criticism that they are shirking their responsibilities in government."