By Bill Maher
Mitch McConnell told The New York Times that the most important decision in his political career was denying Merrick Garland a vote, and “transforming the judiciary” is his number one legislative priority. Mission accomplished. Republicans blocked all Obama’s judicial appointments the last two years of his presidency, and now Trump is rapidly filling those slots with conservative ideologues. He’s already appointed eight judges to the powerful federal appeals courts, the most since Nixon.
He’s also nominated men like Bret Talley, who despite being rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association and never having tried a case, sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote. This is a yokel who’s written that armed revolution is an important defense against tyrannical government, and has pledged complete fealty to the NRA.
This is an area where Republicans could stand up to Trump and say, “Hey, send us someone who can spell their own name,” but they’re as bad as he is. Only three of them would have to stand with Democrats, but where are the Corkers, Flakes, Collins, and McCains on demanding that these lifetime appointments go to more qualified people? Crickets.