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GOP Ends 100 Year Senate Tradition to Confirm Trump’s Judges

Because of constant Democrat obstruction to literally anything that the Trump administration and GOP try to do, Senate traditions are slowly being stripped away, one filibuster and blue slip at a time.

We see this predominantly in judicial hearings and confirmations. A perpetual tug of war between Democrats and Republicans, attempting to right past wrongs, seek revenge, avoid a partisan bench.

And the battle continues.

Now, Chuck Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, is handing out a red slip for all the blue slips; because, frankly, he does not care.

What is a blue slip?

Blue slips ask senators what their opinion is of a particular judicial nominee–whether they approve or disapprove.

It is a a tradition that dates back one hundred years. If a Senator submits a blue slip regarding a particular nominee, the Senate will not hold a confirmation hearing for judicial nominees without their home-state senators’ approval.

The blue slip process was “one of the Democrats’ last major leverage points over Trump’s judicial nominees, after they voted to kill the filibuster for most nominations four years ago.”

But that tradition may end rather soon.

According to Politico:

The Iowa Republican announced Thursday that he is going ahead with a confirmation hearing for a nominee to the powerful appellate courts despite the objections of a Democrat who had been blocking the nomination for months…

…Grassley says he has scheduled hearings for David Stras, a nominee to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Stras’ home-state senator, said earlier this year that he would not return the so-called blue slip for Stras because of his conservative ideology.

Well, Franken, there are a few ideologies of yours we don’t agree with. Sexually harassing and abusing women, fondling them in a picture while they are sleeping, being a generally-awful human being. But I digress…

Grassley told the Senate, “The Democrats seriously regret that they abolished the filibuster, as I warned them they would…But they can’t expect to use the blue slip courtesy in its place. That’s not what the blue slip is meant for.”

And Stras isn’t Trump’s only nominee. There are many others that he has put forth for vacancies on the federal bench.

Grassley will announce that he will hold a hearing for Kyle Duncan, picked by President Donald Trump to serve on the 5th Circuit. His home-state senator, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), has returned a blue slip, but he noted that he was undecided on the nomination as he submitted the paper.

Four senators have not submitted blue slips for Trump’s nominees.

Before Grassley, “committee chairs have rigidly adhered to the blue-slip rule for district court nominees, whose courts span just a single state. But they have been more flexible for the more influential and powerful circuit courts.”

Grassley argues, because circuit courts cover several states, there is no reason to defer to a single senator’s view of a nominee.

Democrats are, *shockingly*, furious.

California Senator and fellow Judiciary Committee member Dianne Feinstein criticized Grassley’s decision, “The lengths to which Republicans are going to jam extremely conservative and controversial nominees through the Senate is unprecedented.”

Yeah, you’re right Dianne. It reminds me of when Democrats ended the filibuster to push their extraordinarily liberal nominations through. It’s not so much fun when the other side of the aisle does it, huh?

What are your thoughts? Should Grassley follow this tradition? Or is it OK that he is abandoning it?



  1. Renee

    November 18, 2017 at 8:06 am

    It’s past time to get down to business! The People’s business! Game play and showmanship is over!

    • Mary Ann Bensch

      November 21, 2017 at 8:42 am

      How true—get down to business!!!! This is a awful that the Demicrats do not know right
      from wrong. They have not worked or done anything , just shows everyone how
      much hatred they have. So bad they have let the Judge appointments just sit idle. They
      have to stop the immaturity of the Demicrats for not voting on anything. Or they just say no, they do.
      not even know who they are talking about.

  2. Mrs. J. Medendorp

    November 18, 2017 at 12:24 pm


  3. David Henderson

    November 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Nominate conservatives as quickly as possible…get them confirmed as quickly as possible…tired of left wing obstructionists..

  4. Dottie Quigley

    November 18, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Yes please nominate conservatives as quickly as possible. Really tired of left wing obstructionists.

  5. miles e drake

    November 18, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    The party of Hillary, Hodgkinson and Hatred is down to two strategies: launch a violent revolution to overthrow the legitimately-elected President or paralyze the government until they can complete the replacement of the existing population with a brown Third World lumpenproletariat of invaders and jihadis that will sweep them into power and keep them there. We are only about 100,000 votes away from Venezuela or Zimbabwe, and there is only so much time to restart the heart of our republic. Although the marxist and black militant revolutionary play date of two weeks ago was a flop, we must continue to prepare for an eventual uprising and attempt to establish a peoples republic. Any Congressional measures that prevent intentional obstruction by the Obammunists are justified.

  6. Jim

    November 18, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    What. Goes. Around. Comes. Around

  7. Noel

    November 19, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

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