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Daily Recap — April 3

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Turtle Moving Fast

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The #Resist movement has seen both success and failure in its 2-year+ jihad against the Trump administration, but mostly the latter. They’ve come to be known more for viral video clips of vagina-clad ‘resisters’ screaming at the sky in impotent rage than any sort of tangible legislative accomplishment. There is one thing that their brethren in the U.S. Senate have been doing to great effect, though — using procedural rules to grind the judicial nomination process to a near halt.

This shameless political obstructionism has caused many qualified judges to have their nominations drawn out for inordinate amounts of time, drastically hampering the Trump administration’s ability to restore the constitutional rule of law to a federal bench increasingly comprised of leftwing political hacks.

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What Dims Have Been Doing

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The Senate must end debate, or invoke cloture, on a nomination before it can vote on confirmation. If senators refuse to cooperate to end debate informally, Senate Rule 22 provides for a time-consuming roll-call vote for cloture, followed by a maximum of 30 hours of debate. As you can probably guess, Dims have been using every second of those 30 hours to obstruct clearly qualified candidates.

In the past, very little of that post-cloture debate time was used since the final outcome was obvious. Over the five decades before PDT took office, confirmation followed cloture by only a few hours nearly 50% of the time. Even during the Barry Soetoro administration, when the process was said to be so difficult, cloture and confirmation occurred on the same day roughly half of the time.

That outcome has dropped to 27% under PDT. And this is just one obstruction tactic Senate Democrats have deployed to make the confirmation process as cumbersome as possible.

Because of these tactics, more than half of the current judicial vacancies have gone unfilled for so long that the Judicial Conference, the policy-making body of the federal judiciary, has designated these open seats as “judicial emergencies.” These positions have been open an average of 894 days, and the judges on those courts have an average caseload of more than 500 cases apiece. Just as with our southern border, Dims are perfectly content to torch the judicial system so long as they “resist” their boogey man. The obstruction has even been extended to ambassadorships, where, for example, we couldn’t even get our Ambassador to Germany appointed until May 2018.

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Turtle’s Solution

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Sen. Mitch McConnell is pulling the lever on the so-called “nuclear option” to make it so that non-Cabinet-level executive and district court nominations need only two hours of floor debate rather than the aforementioned 30 hours Dims have been milking before a final confirmation vote is held.

Obviously, with debate limited, it will be significantly easier for Turtle to get some of Trump’s nominees confirmed. It should be noted that this isn’t the same nuclear option employed by McConnell previously, when he changed the threshold for confirmation of Supreme Court nominations from 60 votes to a simple majority (51) in order to place Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh on the high court. The change does not apply to cabinet-level nominees, such as defense secretary, or to federal appeals judges. Dims are still free to obstruct those nominations with #RidiculousBullshit.

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Big Picture

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I’ll allow Turtle to take this one, as he summed up the situation quite nicely today from the Senate floor:

“This systematic obstruction is unfair to our duly elected president and, more importantly, it is disrespectful to the American people who deserve the government they elected. We cannot set this new precedent that the Senate minorities will systematically keep an administration understaffed down to the least controversial nominees anytime they wish somebody else had won the election.”

Well put. Now let’s go wrest the judiciary from the political activists who have appointed themselves kings.

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