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Thu Oct 11, 2018, 08:24 PM

Democrats agree to confirmations of 15 Trump judges

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Source: Politico

Senate Democrats accepted an offer from Senate Republicans to confirm 15 lifetime federal judges on Thursday in exchange for the ability to go into recess through the midterms so endangered Democrats can campaign.

The calculation by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his caucus was simple: That Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would be able to confirm roughly 15 judges if he kept the Senate in session for the next few weeks anyway. So Democrats OK’d an offer to confirm three Circuit Court judges and 12 Circuit Court judges as the price to pay to go home for election season.

Under Senate rules, even if Democrats fought the nominees tooth and nail and forced the Senate to burn 30 hours of debate between each one, McConnell would have gotten them all confirmed by Nov. 1. Democrats could have conceivably left a skeleton crew of senators in Washington to force the GOP to take roll call votes on the judges over the next few weeks, although that tactic is not typically employed by the minority.

Some liberal activists are urging Democrats to show more fight after Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court; Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos even said that Democrats “need a new Senate leader” after the agreement was struck. But actual senators had to weigh that dynamic along with the approaching midterms and the brutal Senate map. And with a half-dozen Democrats facing serious challenges in Senate races, it made more sense to make what Democrats said was a reasonable deal with McConnell so that they could make a serious run at saving endangered senators.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/11/senate-democrats-judges-895168?cid=apn

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 08:32 PM

1. Makes sense. We're not going to get the policies we all want until

we take back power. To take back power, you've got to get out the vote, and if you're not there, you can't be sure your ground game is being played out right.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 08:51 PM

2. ALL FUCKING MEN - not one woman on that list! Chris Hayes just pointed that

right after Kavanaugh, they knew EXACTLY what they were doing and the message they intended to send.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 08:55 PM

3. Locking.


LBN rules prohibit duplicate OPs.

Please continue discussion in this earlier post:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142177313

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