Obstruction.


Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.

Thomas Jefferson

A Constitution of Government once changed from freedom can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.

John Adams

One of the most important duties that falls to Mr. Trump is to nominate “originalist” or “strict constructionist” judges. This could be one of the most important legacies of his administration.

As usual, the Democrat Party and its sycophants have accused the Republican Party of obstructionism. This is particularly true when in the arena of judicial confirmations. Politico and the Washington Post tell us that Senate Republicans mounted an unprecedented tirade of obstruction of Obama judicial nominees.

According to Politico, “Trump set to reshape judiciary after GOP blockade.” And the Washington Post reports, “Confirmation of Obama’s judicial nominees slowed to a crawl after Republicans took control of the Senate in 2015. Obama White House officials blame Senate Republicans for what they characterize as an unprecedented level of obstruction in blocking the Democratic president’s court picks.”

Well, if true, I say “Hurray!” But, of course, it isn’t remotely true.

[Source: So Much for the GOP Blockade: Obama Tops Bush on Judicial Confirmations, by Rob Bluey]

Obama ended up with three more judicial confirmations than his Republican predecessor, President George W. Bush. Obama had a Democrat-led Senate for six of his eight years in office.

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As for obstructionism: In the current 114th Congress, which Republicans control, Obama’s nominees had 54 hearings, compared to the committee’s 57 hearings for Bush during the 110th Congress.

As well, the Republican Senate Judiciary Committee, under Senator Grassley, compared favorably to the Democrat led Senate Judiciary Committee under Senator Leahy.

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If Republicans were “obstructing” Obama nominees, they did a damn poor job of it. Liberal judges now control nine of the 13 federal appeals courts. That’s a staggering 70 percent.

U.S. courts of appeals wield immense influence because of the limited number of cases heard by the Supreme Court during it’s judicial term. Therefore, appellate judges frequently have the last word.

Obama also appointed 268 judges to U.S. District Courts—seven more than Bush.

The Republican-led Senate ended up confirming a total of nine Obama judicial nominees in 2016. Not a single Obama nominee was rejected on the Senate floor by Republicans.

We shall see if the Democrat Party can show similar “bipartisanship” after Mr. Trump’s presidency. But, don’t hold your breath.

Roy Filly

 

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