Opposition Party

The Party of ‘No.’

In the U.S. Senate, of all the “no” votes that have ever been cast in opposition to a judicial nominee, in all of American history, over half have been cast in opposition to judicial candidates nominated by President Trump.

We can also measure how radically the confirmation process has changed in just a few years by comparing the top Senate opponents to judicial nominations by Trump and President Barack Obama. The top-10 opponents of Trump’s nominations have voted against confirmation an average 81.3 percent of the time.

By comparison, the top-10 opponents of Obama’s nominations voted against confirmation only 9.6 percent of the time. While no Republican senator voted against more than 14 percent of Obama’s judicial nominations, no Democratic senator has voted against less than 26 percent of Trump’s.

Forty Senate Democrats, 85 percent of the caucus, have opposed a majority of Trump judges. Nothing even close to this has ever happened before, no matter which party controlled the Senate or occupied the White House.

Nothing rationally related to the judicial appointment process explains such a wholesale repudiation of norms that had prevailed for more than two centuries. The only explanation is that Democrats are using these nominees as proxies for the president who nominated them. In this new confirmation normal, nominee qualifications don’t truly matter. The institutional integrity of a co-equal branch of government doesn’t matter.

The Anti-America Party has declared war against President Trump, President Trump’s nominees, and the deplorables who elected President Trump.

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4 thoughts on “Opposition Party”

  1. This is not really surprising.  Lots of psychological studies show that people are more concerned about losing what they have than about gains.  And for the first time, Democrats fear they may lose their iron grip on the Supreme Court.  Of course they are going to behave badly!

    The Supreme Court has long been the Left’s alternative to passing laws with the support of the electorate.  Can’t pass abortion laws in Congress?  No problem!  The Supreme Court will gladly substitute as an unelected superior law-creating body.  Prior “Republican” Presidents could generally be prevailed upon not to rock Democrats’ uncontested control of this ultimate authority.  But not President Trump.  The Left’s opposition to President Trump’s nominees is purely about retaining their ultimate political control over what we used to call “The Law”.

    Senate Republicans deserve some recognition for not rolling over as usual for their Democrat masters, with a few disgusting exceptions (Lisa Murkowski!  Stop wriggling in your seat!).  But even those Republican Senators could not bring themselves to prosecute Lying Chrissie for lying to Congress when she falsely claimed she could not attend a hearing because a barely-remembered alleged teenage groping when she was an illegally drunk teenager had left her too frightened to fly — except when she was flying to Hawaii to go surfing.

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  2. MJBubba:
    In the U.S. Senate, of all the “no” votes that have ever been cast in opposition to a judicial nominee, in all of American history, over half have been cast in opposition to judicial candidates nominated by President Trump.

    That was foolish of them. Anybody here happy with latest 5-4 ruling on Oklahoma? Neil Gorsuch wrote the assenting opinion.

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  3. EThompson:

    MJBubba:
    In the U.S. Senate, of all the “no” votes that have ever been cast in opposition to a judicial nominee, in all of American history, over half have been cast in opposition to judicial candidates nominated by President Trump.

    That was foolish of them. Anybody here happy with latest 5-4 ruling on Oklahoma? Neil Gorsuch wrote the assenting opinion.

    Gorsuch and Roberts are taking turns in the Anthony Kennedy chair.

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