California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer both vocally opposed the latest judicial appointment to the 9th Circuit Court.
Still, attorney Kenneth Lee was confirmed on Wednesday along party lines, 52-45.
Neither Feinstein nor fellow California Sen. Kamala Harris returned a “blue slip” for Lee, the traditional process by which home state senators voice their opinion of the nominee. This is the first time both have abstained from submitting a blue slip, Fox News reported.
Feinstein blasted Lee on Twitter for holding “views far outside the mainstream on civil rights, affirmative action and labor rights.”
McConnell pushes nominations
With more than 100 open judicial seats throughout the country, Republicans decided it was time to stop playing games and fill those seats.
Several weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) decided to use the nuclear option.
This has enabled the Senate to pass through nominations far more quickly and with less resistance.
This was done for one reason: Democrats won’t stop playing games.
More than Qualified
Being approved for a judicial appointment should ONLY be about qualifications, nothing else.
Lee is clearly qualified for the seat, but Democrats do not want him on the court because it would add a conservative mind to a liberal dominated circuit.
Lee is from South Korea, so he will add some diversity to the court. He previously served as a special counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Lee has an exceptional professional history as an attorney. Now, do you see anything there that should prevent him from being approved?
The Trump administration has now been able to seat close to 40 new judges, but there is still a lot of work to be done if the administration expects to be able to balance the courts, especially in liberal areas such as California.