During a radio interview, Senator Mitch McConnell stirred up a hornet’s nest when he told Hugh Hewitt what his 2020 vow is. The Senate Majority Leader has one thing on his mind this year, approved judge vacancies in the Federal Court system.
“I’ve got the classic question: What have you done for me lately?” Hewitt asked, before answering himself. “You’ve actually saved the Constitution with 50 Appeals Court judges, two Supreme Court justices, 133 district court judges.”
That is an incredible amount of judges!
“I know that there are a lot of vacancies. They need to be filled,” McConnell said. “But the good news is we’ve changed the 9th Circuit in a dramatic way, as you know, and it’s no longer, you know, the far-left court that it used to be.”
Then McConnell laid out his motto, “My motto for the year is ‘leave no vacancy behind.’ That includes district courts as well. And so we’re a long way from being finished with doing court confirmations this year.”
At this time there are 25 pending district court nominees.
Democrats admit they are helpless, Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn) told VICE News, “We’re requiring, you know, all the time be used. We’re requiring there to be several votes on each judge. That’s why you have to win elections. Here’s what we can do to slow down judges: win in 2020. So all the folks who are grousing about the pace of judges, they should put all their effort into making sure that we win the majority in 2020.”
“It’s terrifying, so Democrats should put all options on the table to figure out how to stop this parade of judicial nominees,” Justin Krebs, a spokesperson for MoveOn.org, said. “Mitch McConnell has clearly never ruled any option out, and if we are being too tied to the old ways, too reliant on the old playbook, we’re going to lose again and again.”
You can listen to Senator McConnell’s interview below.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) February 11, 2020