Not just the Supreme Court
> Republicans are systematically filling appellate seats they held open during President Barack Obama’s final two years in office with a particularly conservative group of judges with life tenure. Democrats — who in late 2013 abolished the ability of 41 lawmakers to block such nominees with a filibuster, then quickly lost control of the Senate — have scant power to stop them.
Mr. Trump has already appointed eight appellate judges, the most this early in a presidency since Richard M. Nixon, and on Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to send a ninth appellate nominee — Mr. Trump’s deputy White House counsel, Gregory Katsas — to the floor.
November 12th, 2017 1:14pm
They also eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees to get Gorsuch through.
After what the Republicans did with Merrick Garland, the precedent was set. The opposite party will never confirm a President's Supreme Court nominee, hoping to hold the seat open for the next President.
When Democrats retake the Senate in 2018, Trump won't get a single judge approved for the rest of his term.
November 12th, 2017 1:21pm
Yup, this damage to our country will last well beyond the end of his Presidency.
November 12th, 2017 1:42pm
I Doubt they will hold Supreme Court justices for years
November 12th, 2017 1:43pm
This damage is by Mitch McConnell. Predates trump’s nomination
November 12th, 2017 1:44pm
There's one easy fix to the "appoint young judges with your bias" problem.
Make judges a 20 year term instead of a lifetime appointment.
November 12th, 2017 1:46pm
Yes. Even shorter. 10 years is enough.
November 12th, 2017 1:53pm
>When Democrats retake the Senate in 2018
In your dreams pal.
November 12th, 2017 5:06pm
>Democrats Senate in 2018.
It's 52-48 now. The Republicans are choking away an open seat in Alabama, making it 51-49.
The incumbent President's party almost always loses seats in midterms. Is it that unrealistic for Democrats to take 2 seats?
November 12th, 2017 5:15pm
But 10 Democrats up for re-election in states trump won. Half double digits.
Hold those take Arizona, Alabama, and Nevada.
November 12th, 2017 5:22pm