Losing elections has consequences, and there is no greater example of that than the confirmation of federal judges.
On Wednesday, CNN commentator Symone Sanders sought to portray the number of judges that have been confirmed by the Republican-led Senate as a “hostile takeover of the courts” by the Trump administration.
“This has been very underreported, but folks do not understand that a hostile takeover of the courts by folks who are not even approved by the American Bar Association is happening,” she said.
“There are judges on the list right now that are not approved by the American Bar Association, and Donald Trump’s lasting legacy, among other things, will be that he was able to reshape the courts for a generation. And that is something Grassley and McConnell are very tied to. I think they don’t want to see their ally in this effort go.”
Sanders’ anger should not be directed at the GOP and Trump. Rather, it should be directed at Harry Reid and the Democrats. It was Reid who engineered the end to most filibusters that required a 60 vote supermajority to confirm federal judges in 2013.
That rule change came back to bite Democrats when they lost the Senate in 2014. Coupled with a Republican president, the Democrats can only watch Trump’s judicial nominations needing confirmation by a simple majority vote.
In addition to the rule change, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) struck a deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to fast-track 15 more confirmations.
The only way Sanders and her allies will be able to stop the tide of confirmations is to hope that the Democrats can retake the Senate in November.