Yesterday marked an impressive milestone for the Senate and Trump Administration, the 150th new judge was confirmed during the Trump Administration:
Six district court nominees won confirmation Wednesday, bringing the president’s total number of appointed judges to the lower federal courts to 105. Mr. Trump has also appointed 43 circuit court nominees and two Supreme Court justices since taking office.
The pace has far outdone President Obama, who only saw 20 circuit court nominees and 74 district court judges confirmed during the same period of time. Mr. Obama, though, like Mr. Trump had two Supreme Court appointments within his first three years.
As Senator Lindsey Graham stated:
“I’m very pleased that the Senate has confirmed 150 federal judges thus far in President Trump’s first term. This is a historic milestone." . . .
“These conservative judicial appointments will impact our nation for years to come.”
This has not been easy. Whether it was Justice Kavanaugh or yesterday’s hearing on Steven Menashi, Democrats and their liberal allies have fought every step of the way. The liberals' and Democrats' fight has not been in good faith either. Earlier this week Kavanuagh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's attorney admitted political motivations and today it came out that Dr. Ford’s father appears to supports Kavanaugh!
To this day, there is zero evidence beyond her claims that the alleged assault ever happened. One detail, however, remains particularly intriguing. The Blasey family stayed conspicuously silent about the veracity of her allegations. A public letter of support for Ford that began “As members of Christine Blasey Ford’s family . . .” wasn’t signed by a single blood relative. Reached for comment by the Washington Post, her father simply said, “I think all of the Blasey family would support her. I think her record stands for itself. Her schooling, her jobs and so on,” before hanging up.
Privately, however, it appears the Blasey family had significant doubts about what Ford was trying to accomplish by coming forward and making unsubstantiated allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. Within days of Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, a fascinating encounter took place. Brett Kavanaugh’s father was approached by Ford’s father at the golf club where they are both members.
Ralph Blasey, Ford’s father, went out of his way to offer to Ed Kavanaugh his support of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, according to multiple people familiar with the conversation that took place at Burning Tree Club in Bethesda, Maryland. “I’m glad Brett was confirmed,” Ralph Blasey told Ed Kavanaugh, shaking his hand. Blasey added that the ordeal had been tough for both families.
Another nominee is currently under attack is Mr. Menashi. The motives for the left’s attacks here remain dubious as well:
Protesters gathered outside the hearing and chanted as Menashi told the committee about the persecution his Jewish family faced in Iraq and Iran. . . .
Throughout Menashi's confirmation process, far-left activists have relentlessly harassed and demeaned him," McConnell's office said in an email. "Given that this nominee is just now having his confirmation hearing, you can expect the unrestrained vitriol from the left to only increase as his markup and floor debate approaches." . . .
Major media figures have targeted Menashi in recent weeks. MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow attacked Menashi for a 2010 law review article he wrote titled "Ethnonationalism and Liberal Democracy," accusing him of a making a "high-brow argument for racial purity." What Maddow omitted, and was subsequently criticized for, was that Menashi was writing specifically about the state of Israel, not about the United States or another multi-ethnic society.
The Trump Administration and Senate Republicans deserve credit for nominating and confirming so many qualified and worthy judges. Democrats and their liberal allies should be ashamed and apologize for their actions. We aren’t holding our breath.