While the nation was distracted by how Judge Roy Moore was going to do in the Alabama Senate election, President Donald Trump won a big victory for the U.S. court system by getting confirmation for another important judicial nominee, giving Trump a record number of judges confirmed.
As the media went wild for the Alabama special election this week, President Trump was hard at work getting yet another center-right judge confirmed with a 50-48 vote to confirm Leonard Steven Grasz for the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. And this was despite the left-wing American Bar Association (ABA) rated Grasz as “not qualified” to be a judge.
Grasz was once Nebraska’s chief deputy attorney general and currently works as senior counsel for an Omaha law firm.
The ABA has long been a left-wing, sold-out biased organization. It is so bad that Nebraska’s Republican Senator, Ben Sasse, called the ABA a “liberal advocacy organization,” according to BizPacReview.
During a recent Judiciary Committee hearing, Sen. Sasse noted that there was nothing wrong with being a liberal advocacy group, but he felt the ABA was misrepresenting itself, nonetheless.
“You have First Amendment rights and you should use them,” Sasse said of the lawyer organization. “What’s not OK is being a liberal advocacy organization and be masquerading as a neutral evaluator of these judicial candidates.”
Naturally, because the ABA always agrees with whatever agenda the Democrat Party has going on at any particular time, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D, NY) praised the group and its assessment of Grasz.
“A panel of nonpartisan, legal experts unanimously concluded that this man is not fit to be a judge,” Schumer said. “What else do my colleagues need to know? More broadly, these attacks, in small but important ways, diminish our democracy.”
The ABA has been so hopelessly biased against Trump’s nominees that the administration has said that they won’t be invited to review any of Trump’s future court picks.
Fortunately, even when Alabama’s newly elected Democratic Senator, Doug Jones, gets to Washington next year, Senate Democrats won’t have the numbers to block Trump judges. And now that Harry Reid (D-NV) gave Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Chuck Grassley the ability to ignore “blue slips” (a process that put a hold on nominees), the Democrats have even less ability to put up roadblocks for Trump’s judicial nominees.
So, now, with the addition of Grasz to the 8th Circuit, that leaves the court with 10 conservatives and one lonely Democrat-appointed judge!
But, with Grasz getting the nod and heading to the 8th Circuit, this adds to Trump’s record number of judicial picks being confirmed. If Donald Trump does nothing else in his presidency, he has reshaped the U.S. judiciary for generations to come.
According to the Washington Examiner, Trump has zeroed in on getting more important judicial picks confirmed than any past president.
Also, The New York Times lamented that Trump is “rapidly reshaping the judiciary.”
“Republicans are systematically filling appellate seats they held open during President Barack Obama’s final two years in office with a particularly conservative group of judges with life tenure,” the Times said in November. “Democrats — who in late 2013 abolished the ability of 41 lawmakers to block such nominees with a filibuster, then quickly lost control of the Senate — have scant power to stop them.”
Most have strong academic credentials and clerked for well-known conservative judges, like Justice Antonin Scalia. Confirmation votes for five of the eight new judges fell short of the former 60-vote threshold to clear filibusters, including John K. Bush, a chapter president of the Federalist Society, the conservative legal network, who wrote politically charged blog posts, such as comparing abortion to slavery; and Stephanos Bibas, a University of Pennsylvania law professor who once proposed using electric shocks to punish people convicted of certain crimes, although he later disavowed the idea. Of Mr. Trump’s 18 appellate nominees so far, 14 are men and 16 are white.
If The New York Times is upset, you can bet this is a big win for the right.
So, with the addition of Grasz to the list, Trump is setting important records on judges and will change the courts n a conservative direction for many decades hence.
[Note: This post was written by Warner Todd Huston]