Usually the 2nd session of any congress is mostly uneventful It occurs in an election year, and the leadership tries to avoid having controversial votes taken to protect their colleagues who have to win an election that year to stay in office. We think they really started this year off badly with a confirmation vote for a lifetime appointment of a liberal judge. With less than a year to go why on earth would Majority leader McConnell want to assist President Obama with packing courts around the country with liberal judges? This vote is deemed a key vote by Heritage Action for America and by Conservative Review. The following are how these vote monitoring outfits described the situation.
HERITAGE ACTION POSITION
Confirming Justice Wright to a lifetime appointment on the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota is also the wrong response to this President’s recent overreach. Heritage legal expert Hans von Spakovsky explains President Obama “will go down in history as one of the most lawless of American presidents, someone who – with the help of his political appointees – has ignored, changed, or bent the law and the Constitution on every occasion.”
Conservative Review Position
This vote was to confirm Wilhelmina Marie Wright, an ultra-liberal judge to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. A proponent of “critical race theory,” Wright once argued the right to property, one of America’s most foundational rights, perpetuates racism in America. She has even gone so far as to claim that property rights are racist. Rather than reject this judge, who clearly holds views antithetical to the Constitution, Republicans confirmed her for a lifetime appointment. Overall this vote is one of the latest examples of President Obama packing courts around the country with liberal judges. Liberal judges have used the judiciary branch to legislate from the bench and usher in and defend radical policies that are unconstitutional. The Senate Constitutional role of “advice and consent” gives Congress an effective check on liberal appointees, but only if it is used as something more than a rubber stamp.
The confirmation vote only needed a simple majority and it passed 58-36 with Majority leader McConnell and 12 other Republicans voting Yes with 44 Democrats and Independent Sen. King. Independent Bernie Sanders, and Republicans Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott, and John Cornyn didn’t vote. The image below is a screen shot of the vote from the Conservative Review website. Sometimes one can cut a senator a little slack on a tough vote on a spending measure. This is not one of those times. This was a vote to put an ultra-liberal into a lifetime appointment, and keep this in mind when they ask you to vote for them.