This blogger declared himself to be a one issue voter -- the U.S. Supreme Court -- prior to the November 2016 election. Trump came through with the Gorsuch nomination. Of course, that came after Mitch McConnell cleared the runway for his arrival.
But those of us who like originalist judges weren't satisfied. We want more! And Trump seems to be accommodating. A report about this appeared in a Bloomberg article which Hugh Hewitt referenced in his Saturday morning TV show. Written by Sahil Kapur and Laura Litvan, it's titled McConnell Cements a Legacy for Trump With Reshaped Courts. Excerpts:
The Republican-led Senate confirmed Trump’s 15th appeals court nominee this week — more than the last five presidents at this juncture — with eight of the new judges in their 40s, and seven in their 50s. McConnell set the stage Thursday to confirm six more, one day after a committee voted to cut debate time, which if approved would further speed things up.
The court realignment is the product of the Senate Republican leader playing a long game by holding up then-President Barack Obama’s court nominees and then closely collaborating with Trump’s White House Counsel Don McGahn. Both men have made it a priority to advance judges ensconced in originalist legal thinking favored by the Federalist Society, which distrusts New Deal-era jurisprudence and seeks to limit the federal government’s ability to assert powers that aren’t explicitly enumerated in the Constitution. ...
Trump’s record so far also includes 17 Trump-nominated judges on district courts, and conservative favorite Neil Gorsuch is on the Supreme Court after McConnell made the extraordinary move of refusing to consider Obama nominee Merrick Garland in 2016.
Elections have consequences, as a famous man once said. And finally, an election may have had favorable consequences for those among us who favor originalist judges.
2:18 PM 5/7/2018