(TeaParty.org) – With all the media hate and hysteria in 2018, you might miss some of the most important successes in the Trump administration that will have a long-lasting impact on preserving America’s conservative traditions in governance.
Trump has, so far, filled scores of vacant seats in U.S. circuit and district courts across the nation with distinctly conservative judges, effectively shifting the judiciary towards the right in a significant way.
As Fox News reports, Trump just nominated three more judges to the notoriously far-left, and very influential, “Nutty Ninth,” i.e. the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which oversees nine US states including California.
In naming these new nominees, however, he forsook a Presidential tradition of including the Senators from the home state of the court, which in this case would be California.
The Senators in this case, Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, two of the biggest liberals in the Senate, are pretty steamed they were excluded.
Typically, Senators give what’s known as a “blue slip” of approval after being consulted on the President’s desired nominees, but Trump skipped over this step completely this time.
It’s hard to imagine the role each woman played in the shameful treatment of Justice Kavanaugh during his hearings did not play a role in his lack of desire to involve them in the process this time around.
Feinstein, of course, held on to a letter about Dr. Christine Ford’s accusations against Kavanaugh for months, while Harris made no secret of her vehement, partisian opposition to Kavanaugh despite his clear qualifications.
According to The Sacramento Bee, the Trump administration did initially reach out to the Senators to include them as they considered nominees, but talks eventually dissolved.
The nominess Trump settled on are attorneys Daniel Collins and Kenneth Lee, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Bumatay. All three are reportedly members of the conservative Federalist Society and have histories working in Republican administrations.
They are also in their 40s and 50s, which means, like Kavanaugh, they likely will sit on the court for many decades if confirmed.
Trump never sought the traditional “blue slip” from Harris and Feinstein, and they are very displeased, Each released public statements to indicate as much.
“Last night the White House moved forward without consulting me, picking controversial candidates from its initial list and another individual with no judicial experience who had not previously been suggested,”
The decision to move forward on 9th Circuit nominees without consultation or responding to my acceptance of the White House’s offer reflects President Trump’s desire to stack the court. I expect my blue slips to be honored as I was acting in good faith. https://t.co/7EYWmi7V0k
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) October 11, 2018
Harris’ spokeswoman, Lily Adams, shared a similar statement:
“Instead of working with our office to identify consensus nominees for the 9th Circuit, the White House continues to try to pack the courts with partisan judges who will blindly support the President’s agenda, instead of acting as an independent check on this Administration.”
Oh, so we’re just not going to talk about the fact that Democratic presidents haven’t tried to “pack the courts with partisan judges”? OK.
Fox News noted this wasn’t the only bad news Dems got this week when it comes to conservative judges.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just reached and agreement with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that will immediately confirm 15 more conservative judges to vacant circuit and district court seats.
As part of the deal, the Senate will go into recess until after the November midterms, meaning Senators who desperately want to cling on to their seats will get a chance to campaign back home.
There were rumors that Grassley and McConnell would try to keep Senate in session until 49 outstanding nomations could be voted on, which would have kept Senators very busy in Washington for quite some time.
If the three nominees to the 9th Circuit, however, are confirmed, it won’t necessarily mean that the notoriously liberal court will suddenly be conservative, but it will close the gap between liberal and conservative judges to 16 and 13, respectively.
This means it has a chance of actually being balanced for the first time in quite a while.
This is a big win for Trump, and the fact that he was able to snub obstructionists Feinstein and Harris just makes it even sweeter.