In a recent appearance on Salem Radio Network’s Hugh Hewitt Show, Mitch McConnell state that his motto for the rest of the 2020 election season will be “leave no vacancy behind” — i.e., judicial vacancies.
A new motto totally makes sense considering that his “Grim Reaper of Socialism” schtick isn’t working anymore after Trump and the GOP helped socialist Democrats advance their radical Far-Left agenda in the recent coronavirus bailout/stimulus spendapalooza.
During his interview with faux conservative Hewitt, McConnell made a commitment to “start confirming judges again” as soon as the Senate returns from its coronavirus-extended recess next week, to which Hewitt exclaimed, “that’s music to my ears.”
The judiciary is a recurring theme during election season, and the lie about appointing conservative judges to the courts is a classic talking point by the Kentucky poster child for term limits, along with his lies about doing something about other conservative issues, such as, repealing Obamacare and ending federal funding of abortion.
For example, in 2018, following the circus known as the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, McConnell pointed to Kavanaugh’s appointment as proof of his successful track record of transforming the judiciary by “Putting strict constructionists, relatively young, on the courts for lifetime appointments” in order to have “a long-term positive impact on America.”
Besides the fact that Brett Kavanaugh, and Neil Gorsuch before him, has proven to be anything but a strict constructionist, McConnell could really care less about the impact he’s making America — positive or otherwise — when it comes to judicial appointments. As has been the case for decades, Mickey’s primary motivation is protecting his political self-interests.
One of the first judicial nominees likely to receive immediate attention is Justin Walker, a nomination that serves as Exhibit A of the kind of political cronyism and inside-the-Beltway shenanigans Mitch McConnell is known for.
Currently a federal judge in Kentucky, Walker has been nominated to fill a soon-to-be-open seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia — considered by most to be the second most powerful court in America and a stepping stone to the Supreme Court.
Walker’s only claim to fame, other than the fact that McConnell knows his grandfather, is he once clerked for Brett Kavanaugh during the Supreme Court justice’s tenure on the DC Circuit, then moved to clerk for Kavanaugh’s predecessor on the Supreme Court, Anthony Kennedy.
Walker’s inexperience and lack of a track record provides us no evidence of his judicial approach to the Constitution, although during Kavanaugh’s confirmation, he touted the record of his former boss, say Kavanaugh “has by far the strongest, most consistent, most fearless record of constitutional conservatism of any federal appeals court judge in the country.”
The America Bar Association rates Walker “not qualified” but McConnell calls him “a judicial all-star.” This means his confirmation and the continued destruction of the judiciary are all but guaranteed.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable and promotes conservative principles over political parties.