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.