As the self-appointed “Grim Reaper” of the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has made it crystal clear that one of his top priorities is getting President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees confirmed.
The Politico reported last week on how the longtime Kentucky Senator was keeping his promises:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday set up votes on lifetime appointments for 19 judicial nominees next week, setting up a busy pre-recess work session on a top GOP priority.
McConnell’s move means likely confirmation of 19 District Court judges; the GOP leader had focused on higher-level Circuit Court judges for the first 30 months of Donald Trump’s presidency, filling all but four vacancies on the appeals courts.
Now McConnell is beginning to work his way through the 111 District Court vacancies even as the House heads home for the summer this week.
“Not bad for a week’s work and that’s what the Senate will accomplish before we adjourn for August,” McConnell said on the floor.
Naturally, this makes McConnell an enemy in Democratic circles, which might explain why late night TV talk show host Conan O’Brien took a swipe at McConnell’s looks on Monday, asking how the Majority Leader managed to sleep at night:
How does Mitch McConnell sleep at night? I’m not being political here, I just don’t think he has eyelids. pic.twitter.com/3MVCTPHZ1O
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) July 29, 2019
Twitter user “Vixen Rogue” had a brilliant response:
Instead of sheep he counts dozens and dozens of conservative judges he's gotten appointed to courts across the nation in record time. https://t.co/a7whFhaTJD
— Kayla Elizabeth (@VixenRogue) July 29, 2019
Even New York Times alums see McConnell’s laser-like focus on filling court vacancies and begrudgingly praise him:
— Heather Champion (@winningatmylife) July 28, 2019
(Hat tip: Twitchy)
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