While Democrats continue to fuss and obsess about William Barr and the Mueller report, Republicans have been quietly working hard to confirm more conservative Trump judges.
The Hill reports:
Senate confirms Trump’s 100th judicial nominee
Senate Republicans this week confirmed President Trump’s 100th judicial nominee.
The milestone marks the latest victory for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who views the courts as the party’s best shot at having a long-term impact on the direction of the country and who has made confirming Trump’s picks a top priority.
“After studying and considering these nominees the Senate will keep on filing judicial vacancies. We’ll keep confirming the president’s team,” McConnell said taking a victory lap ahead of the Senate’s action.
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Rodolfo Armando Ruiz II to be a judge for the Southern District of Florida, marking Trump’s 100th judicial pick.
Lawmakers quickly followed with back-to-back votes on Raúl Arias-Marxuach to be judge for the district of Puerto Rico and Joshua Wolson to be a judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania — giving Trump his 101st and 102nd judicial confirmations.
See the tweet below from Lindsey Graham:
Great milestone for the Trump Administration with the confirmation of Rodolfo Armando Ruiz to be a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.
That makes 100 judges confirmed since President Trump took office. 💯 https://t.co/N0uGDO3Hcd
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) May 2, 2019
As usual, Democrats care more about identity politics than qualifications.
From the Washington Examiner:
While Trump has seen great success in remaking the federal bench, his efforts have been met by resistance from Senate Democrats, who have criticized the president for the lack of diversity among his judicial picks. Trump’s judicial nominees are also young, ensuring they will leave a conservative stamp on the federal courts that will endure for decades.
Democrats attempted to slow the pace of judicial confirmations by using the full 30 hours of debate time for judicial nominees. They have also sought to block nominees by not returning their so-called blue slips to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
But Republicans have used their power as the majority party to diminish Democrats’ leverage.
Trump has already transformed the judiciary for a generation or more.