Mitch McConnell Stacking Courts With Certain ‘Types’ While Everyone Is Watching Mueller
As the country is distracted by the Mueller indictments this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has seized the opportunity to make permanent changes to America in one of the most far-reaching ways he can –appointing as many far-right conservative judges as he can to lifetime appointments.
McConnell has certainly suffered politically for supporting Trump, who has often been at odds with McConnell, even going so far humiliating him publically. But McConnell’s support for Trump, even as potentially disastrous it has been for the Republican party, has been calculated all along. McConnell has long eyed the goal of making America’s judicial system as conservative as possible. The epic Trump disaster is just the convenient distraction he needs.
“Kentuckians want a conservative Supreme Court and an end to Obamacare, and the only way to get either is to send Donald Trump to the White House,” Mitch McConnell said at the Fancy Farm picnic in 2016.
Now McConnell is rushing to stack the appellate courts with far-right conservatives, teeing up votes to install four of them in just a week. This breaks with custom and gives Democrats no time to vet the nominees. These positions are powerful: These circuit courts are the last stop for important cases that don’t go to the Supreme Court.
Minority Leader Chuch Schumer spoke about the back-to-back nominees. (See the video below)
“[…] members who are not on the judiciary committee usually need time, always need time, to review these candidates for important, powerful, and far-reaching positions. Now, why has the Majority Leader departed from this practice? Well, one can argue, it’s because the Republican agenda has been such a failure in this Congress. The leader has chosen to accomplish through the courts what Republicans have been unable to achieve through the legislative process,” said Schumer.
— Alliance for Justice (@AFJustice) October 30, 2017
Though McConnell is obviously rushing the nominees through, he also has the nerve to complain that the Democrats have tried to block all of the nominees, though ultimately they can only do so much with a Republican-controlled Congress.
On the Senate floor, McConnell has the unmitigated gall to talk about “partisan procedural roadblocks” to his nominees. McConnell says that in many cases, the Democrats support the nominees, but in the case of the appellate court picks, that isn’t the case at all.
The Huffington Post reviews the four candidates up for lifetime appointments. Two were recommended to Trump by right-wing think tanks. One raises a red flag for condemning Obamacare birth control options and questioning Roe v. Wade, and another is opposed by 27 LGBTQ advocacy groups. The remaining two are opposed by civil and human rights groups. One nominee, Stephanos Bibas, was objected to by a Democratic Senator, Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) for authoring an article that promoted electric shock and other forms of corporal punishment.
McConnell knows that Trump’s conservative nominees will all be objected to, but with Republican control, he will push them all through anyway. For proof that he is perfectly willing to ignore fairness, recall that McConnell’s proudest moment during Obama’s presidency was blocking the appointment of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.
“One of my proudest moments was when I looked at Barack Obama in the eye and I said, ‘Mr. President, you will not fill this Supreme Court vacancy,’” McConnell said to an applauding crowd. McConnell referenced the “Lock her up!” chant that Republicans were using during the 2016 presidential campaign, laughing as the crowd repeated the chant.
For a look at the real Mitch McConnell, watch the video below. This isn’t a man that cares one bit about how partisan and unfair he is, as long as he gets his way in the end.