Mitch McConnell Is The Master Of Confirming Judges
Fred Barnes, The Wall Street Journal
The ball is in Mitch McConnell’s court again. He guided Neil Gorsuch to a seat on the Supreme Court with ease in 2017. He’s a perfect 21 for 21 in confirming the federal appeals-court nominees of President Trump, with more to come this year. Given the thin margin he has to work with, this is impressive.
Mr. McConnell adopted as his top priority as Senate majority leader an ambitious effort to make the federal courts more conservative—from top to bottom. There’s only one way to do this—fill every judicial vacancy with a conservative.
For Mr. McConnell, this is a war. Justice Gorsuch was D-Day. Judge Brett Kavanaugh is the slog across France. Mr. McConnell is a general in a hurry to keep winning, since Republicans could lose the Senate majority in November.
With this nomination, Mr. McConnell’s task has gotten more difficult than last year. Republicans had a 52-48 majority last year when they approved Justice Gorsuch unanimously. Now the majority is effectively 50-49, with a Democratic pickup in Alabama and John McCain’s absence.