When Donald Trump was elected and then started tweeting strange things or firing staffers, liberals asked conservatives, "Was Gorsuch worth it?" They are referring, of course, to the logic behind why many conservatives rallied for Trump — They wanted a conservative Supreme Court justice in the mold of Justice Scalia to replace him. Many liberals, and even conservatives, are acting now like that litmus test has passed, as if there's no redeeming factor.Every day I wake up and realize Hillary will never be President, and smile.
Not so. Trump is still nominating judges and the Senate still needs to confirm them. Much is on the line during this process, far beyond one presidency and one federal judge. It showcases a true battle of ideas and values.
Business Insider observed in June: "When it comes to nominating judges to the federal bench, Trump is moving at a breakneck pace. And the number of nominees for vacant US attorney positions, a crucial area, is dwarfing that of the past administration this early on."
Still, these nominations must be confirmed.
Here's just one example why: On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled that the board of commissioners in Jackson County, Mich. — represented by First Liberty Institute, a non-profit law firm that deals with religious liberty issues — may open its meetings with invocations. In two cases, the Supreme Court found invocations before government meetings to be constitutional and historically common, but this case still faced a tenuous battle. (In another similar case in Rowan County, N.C., the Fourth Circuit ruled against the Rowan County commissioners in a split 10-5 vote.)
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Reason #5686 That Trump Was Elected
While you aren't watching, Trump is doing a great job of nominating lower-level judges