Six years ago – when journalists were writing that federal judicial vacancies were reaching a “crisis point” — there were 101 empty seats in the district and appellate courts. Today that number is more than 130. The crisis has not abated, but the desire to address it has, at least in some corners. Where once there was urgency, now progressive pundits contend that President Donald Trump is moving at an “unprecedented pace” to fill judicial vacancies.
Despite such concerns, aggressive action to address the lack of a fully functioning judiciary, as envisioned by the Founders in Article III of the Constitution, is good for all Americans. Voters want action on judges, and they want judges who respect the Constitution. The president’s judicial nominees are giving them both.
Progressives seem to be upset that the process is working. The president is selecting highly qualified nominees who respect the rule of law and eschew political agendas, and the Senate is considering them — that’s consistent with the constitutional process. But Senate Democrats have been standing in the way, for overt political reasons. Stressing urgency around the left’s judicial obstruction, one progressive columnist openly wrote, “nothing is more important than taking back the Senate in 2018.”
Who are these “rapid-fire, right-wing” nominees the left is speaking of, anyway? Here is a sampling of them:
David Stras, nominated for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, is an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and a former clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He served as editor-in-chief of his law…
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