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Payback for the Treatment of Justice Kavanaugh Begins

Filed under: General — JVW @ 11:20 am

[guest post by JVW]

Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris shouldn’t insult us by pretending to be surprised by this:

President Trump is plowing ahead to fill three vacancies on the liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, brushing aside Democratic resistance to nominate conservative judges.

Presidents traditionally work with senators from judicial nominees’ home state — in this case, California — to put forward judicial picks. They often seek what’s known as a “blue slip,” or an opinion from those senators.

But in a snub to California Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, the White House announced Wednesday that Trump had nominated Patrick Bumatay, Daniel Collins and Kenneth Kiyul Lee (all from the Golden State, and reportedly all members of the conservative Federalist Society) to the influential circuit. The court, with a sprawling purview representing nine Western states, has long been a thorn in the side of the Trump White House, with rulings against the travel ban and limits on funding to “sanctuary cities.”

Naturally we’ll hear no end to the caterwauling about how Trump has trampled upon established norms, to which I can only say “Good!” If Feinstein, Harris, and the progressive judicial industry thought that it would be business as usual after their scandalous performance during the Kavanaugh hearing, this can be a sharp rejoinder to them that their wretched behavior will have lasting consequences.

Hopefully Jeff Flake and Susan Collins are OK with confirming them in the next few weeks.


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