The left is about to lose another stronghold.
For the first time in more than three decades, Republican-appointed judges will soon occupy nearly half the seats on the left-leaning 9th Circuit Court of Appeals — dealing a setback to progressive legal advocates who have long seen the court as a safe bet for favorable rulings.
The radical transformation of the San Francisco-based court is largely the result of President Trump’s aggressive push to nominate conservative judges and bypass traditional consultations with Senate Democrats — a practice that has led to repeated howls of protest from California’s two Democratic senators, Kamala Harris and Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein.
The howls of Harris and Feinstein are a beautiful thing to behold. And they demonstate that Trump is perhaps the only Republican who could clean up the courts. The Bush/McCain/Romney wing of the party was always more interested in friendship with the Democrats than the destruction of their poisonous ideology. That’s why they followed the tradition of “blue slips”.
Blue slips, asking the approval of the senators representing a court district, gives the California democrats virtual veto power over Ninth Circuit nominations. It guaranteed that any Republican nominated would not hinder the court’s leftward stance. Trump, knowing that the practice would result only in the nomination of judges not worth nominating, has ignored it. Good on him.
The Ninth Circuit has been a clown show for decades. Not only is it the Left’s preferred court for getting favorable rulings, it’s the court most often overturned by the Supremes. When you hear of a “Hawaii judge” blocking this or that, you’re dealing with the Ninth Circuit, which covers California, Hawaii, and a few other western states and territories.
But due to the foresightedness of Mitch McConnell* in tying up last minute Obama nominees to the federal courts, Trump has had the opportunity to appoint more than a hundred young, conservative judges to various courts. Given another six years, the courts might become his most lasting legacy.
While there are a lot of things to dislike about Trump, there is no doubt that America owes him big time for several accomplishments. The first is driving a stake through the heart of the poisonous Bush dynasty. The second strangling the Clintons’ nascent one in its crib. But third, and certainly not the least of those, is recapturing a series of leftist strongholds that have done so much to poison our culture and weaken our nation.
Now, if only he could do something about the professoriate…
* Believe me, I never thought I would type those words.