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.”
Mitch McConnell flattened by ex-White House official for plan to rush through Ginsburg replacement
Appearing with CNN host Anderson Cooper, former White House adviser David Gergen rained hell on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after he announced he would rush through a vote on a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just hours after it was announced she had passed away.
Gergen, who served in the White House under both Republican and Democratic presidents seemed beside himself with anger when he talked about McConnell who notoriously blocked Merrick Garland from the court after being nominated by former President Barack Obama.
"Mitch McConnell has just thrown down the gauntlet, we're going to have a titanic fight over this," Gergen exclaimed. "Yes, as Jeffrey [Toobin] has said, it will mobilize a lot of people on the right, the hunger still to overturn Roe vs Wade to get social issues on the 6-3 court, they will think Donald Trump has delivered on his promises."
Brit Hume urges Trump not to ‘put the country through this’ by replacing RBG before the election
Fox News contributor Brit Hume reacted to the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by cautioning Republican leaders against replacing the liberal icon before the November election.
Hume made the remarks on Fox News after noting that both President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have previously vowed to hypothetically have a nominee approved before the election.
"Lindsey Graham back in 2018... said that even if were were just into the primary season, he would not want to see a nominee advance in the election year," Hume explained. "I think the circumstances may have changed since [McConnell] outlined that."
Embattled GOP Senator caught fundraising on the Supreme Court within minutes of RBG’s death: report
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday night.
For many Americans, the death was so troubling that "No. No. No." trended nationwide on Twitter.
But for embattled Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), the death was apparently an opportunity to raise campaign cash, according to the local political website Iowa Starting Line.
Ernst is being challenged in November by Democrat Theresa Greenfield. The Des Moines Register newspaper is set to release new poll results on the race on Saturday.