President Biden’s nominee to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals failed after two Democrat Senators missed the vote.
Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) were both missing during the vote allowing the 49 Republican Senators to vote public defender Arianna Freeman down. Freeman would have been the first Black woman judge to serve on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.
Senator Todd Young (R-IN) was also missing from the vote, but the absence of both Hassan and Duckworth ensured Freeman went down.
Battle for the judiciary
Republicans are determined to resist President Biden’s nominees to the judiciary. President Biden has made it clear that he is prioritizing ideologues who check boxes to nominate to our nation’s courts.
Freeman graduated from Yale Law school and has made a name for herself working to help convicts challenge their sentences.
Lawyers who work to help convicted criminals avoid prison time have proven to be particularly popular with Democrats. So it isn’t much of a surprise to see Freeman getting a nod from the President to serve on the 3rd Circuit Court.
President Biden has previously nominated six public defenders to appeals courts, making it clear that the Democrat’s vision of criminal justice will only grow stronger in our court system.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) pointed out that Freeman was a “zealot against the death penalty.” Freeman has successfully overturned death sentences during her time as a public defender.
The battle for control of America’s judiciary will only grow more intense as the midterm elections loom. Without control of Congress, Biden’s campaign to staff our judiciary with radical ideologues will be doomed.
It all comes down to November
November’s midterm elections could see Republicans seize power in both chambers of Congress, rendering President Biden a lame-duck President.
Relations between the President and the Republican Party are completely nonexistent, and both sides understand the stakes in November.
Democrats have been ramping up attacks on the Republican Party, and any goodwill that survived the 2020 election is long dead. If Republicans win in November, Freeman and her ideological comrades can kiss circuit seats goodbye.