Democrats are going through the throes of grief over the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, coupled with murderous rage.
They are grappling with the hitherto unforeseen prospect that President Donald Trump will nominate an unthinkable third nominee to the Supreme Court, possibly skewing it dramatically to the right for decades to come.
The president they fear and despise is seizing on the opportunity to shape the court in his image, leaving a formidable historic legacy on the judiciary which will impact generations of Americans.
Democrats have been spinning their 41-seat pick up in 2018 as a blue wave, but it turns out that Trump was the big victor when the Senate got redder.
Republicans picked up two Senate seats, gaining a 53-47 majority. This crushed any dream Democrats had of accomplishing any great legislative achievement before the 2020 election.
Despite impeachment and numerous criminal investigations, Trump is still ensconced in the White House with a workable Republican majority in the Senate, a robust Republican minority in the House and a majority of gubernatorial offices.
Democrats have nicknamed Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s desk a legislative graveyard and complain that his fervor to block House-passed bills from reaching debate on the Senate floor has made the 116th Congress the least productive in history.
In February, the Kentucky Republican told Fox News that 395 bills sitting in the Senate are not going to be passed because of Democrats’ “left-wing solutions.”
Last December Trump survived impeachment after the Republican-controlled Senate voted largely along party lines to acquit him on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress when he allegedly sought to pressure Ukraine to investigate his rivals.
Two-thirds of the Senate would have been required to vote to convict the president and remove him from office, but a Democrat can dream.
The Senate also pushed through the confirmation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on October 6, 2018 by one of the slimmest margins in American history.
For weeks Democrats waged an unprecedented war of character assassination against Kavanaugh with several previously unheard-of bogus rape and assault allegations.
Following a supplemental FBI investigation that exonerated him, the Senate voted 50–48 to confirm Kavanaugh’s nomination.
With less than fifty days until the presidential election, McConnell has exceeded expectations after promising to leave no judicial vacancy behind.
The average age of Circuit Court appointments under Trump is more than ten years younger than Obama’s, ensuring that the president will have an enduring effect on the court.
Last week the Senate confirmed eight district court nominees: Franklin Valderrama (N.D. Ill.) in a 68-26 vote; Iain Johnston (N.D. Ill.) in a 77-14 vote; Stephen McGlynn (S.D. Ill.) in a 55-41 vote; David Dugan (S.D. Ill.) in a 55-41 vote; Todd Robinson (S.D. Cal.) in a 86-10 vote; John Holcomb (C.D. Cal.) in a 83-12 vote; Stanley Blumenfeld (C.D. Cal.) in a 92-4 vote; and Mark Scarsi (C.D. Cal.) in a 83-12 vote.
The Trump administration has confirmed 216 Article III judges, almost one-fourth of all active Article III judgeships.
The Senate Judiciary Committee also advanced five district court nominees out of Committee last week: J. Philip Calabrese (N.D. Ohio), Aileen Cannon (S.D. Fla.), Toby Crouse (D. Kan.), James Knepp II (N.D. Ohio), and Michael Newman (S.D. Ohio.), setting up future floor votes.
If Trump’s female nominee for the Supreme Court survives the Armageddon Democrats are planning to wage against her, his presidency will deliver a knock-out blow to carefully laid plans by Democrats. Any legislation to kill full-term babies, rig elections, open the borders and kill policing, among other evils, will be doomed.