That's why they will oppose EVERY Trump judicial nominee if they gain power
One of President Trump's greatest accomplishments during his first two years in office has been his judicial appointments. Confirmation of his conservative picks will come to a screeching halt if the Democrats gain control of Congress.
Front and center in the headlines, of course, are his Supreme Court nominations (Gorsuch and Kavanaugh). But the president's picks have been numerous and consistently conservative throughout the federal system.
Here's what's at stake:
The U.S. Senate has already confirmed 68 judges nominated by President Trump. These include one Supreme Court nominee, 26 judges for the U.S. Courts of Appeal, and 41 judges for the U.S. District Courts. Trump has appointed more appeals court judges in his first two years than any president since Jimmy Carter—and more than Obama and George W. Bush combined. This is what has brought the Democrats and their leftist supporters to a state of hysteria.
But look at what's in the pipeline: Some 73 Trump nominees are still awaiting Senate action, including Judge Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, 10 for the appeals courts, 60 for the district courts, and two for the Court of International Trade. This is a major reason why the Democrats and their leftist supporters are so determined to win the midterm election.
As Russell Wheeler, a fellow for the liberal Brookings Institution, has noted, a Democrat takeover of Congress would mean that confirmation of these Trump nominees would "come to pretty much a screeching halt."
The Democrats know that 2018 is their big chance, and maybe their only chance. President Trump is already having a noticeable impact on the courts. Imagine if he gets two or six more years, with the Republicans in control of Congress. The entire orientation of the federal courts could change from liberal to conservative.
The Democrats want it all
It's not as if the Democrats are shut out of the federal courts: 58% of current federal judges were appointed by Democrat presidents, only 42% appointed by Republicans. Obama appointed the largest number: 319, more than George W. Bush and Bill Clinton combined. (Ronald Reagan was able to appoint a paltry 23 federal judges.)