President Donald Trump has seen abundant success in getting conservatives confirmed to fill vacancies on federal courts across the nation.
And the president just earned yet another notch in his victory belt with the Senate’s Tuesday confirmation of a conservative nominee to the infamously liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Senate voted along party lines — 53-46 — to confirm California judge Daniel Collins to the 9th Circuit bench.
Collins is actually the sixth nominee Trump has seen confirmed to what once was a predominately liberal court, but is now nearly balanced along ideological lines.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has played a vital role in shepherding Trump’s judicial nominees through the confirmation process, praised Collins earlier this week and lauded the judge’s well-established “reputation for legal excellence.”
McConnell went on to note that Collins has served as a clerk on the U.S. Supreme Court and the 9th Circuit Court.
Collins also served in the Department of Justice, as well as in private legal practice, and is held in high regard by the American Bar Association.
Of course, Democrats were none too pleased by the nomination — much less the confirmation — of Collins to the infamously liberal court.
With Collins being from California, Senate tradition dictated that the two California senators, Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, would get a say in the nomination. But that tradition — known as a “blue slip” — has been abused and is no longer being recognized by McConnell as a part of the process.
Thus, despite objections against Collins by both Feinstein and Harris — not to mention Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — McConnell proceeded with the confirmation process.
Both Feinstein and Schumer pointed to Collins’ history of being strongly pro-life as a primary reason for their opposition. But while Democrats may view pro-life beliefs as a bug in the system, Trump and his supporters view it as a feature to be highlighted.
Here’s to yet another victory for Trump and McConnell in their quest to restore the court’s originalist roots. The liberal activist judges who seek to rewrite laws and the Constitution to match their leftist agenda have no place in our judicial system.