Washington Post: How Republicans are leaving Democrats in the dust on judicial confirmations


As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fills the judiciary with conservatives, and does so boldly and volubly, Republicans campaign on federal and Supreme Court nominations. Meanwhile, Democrats have been largely passive about the courts, rarely mentioning them, CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin wrote in the New Yorker last week.

“Consider, for example, the Web sites of three leading contenders for the Democratic Presidential nomination: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. Each site has thousands of words outlining the candidates’ positions on the issues — and none of them mentions Supreme Court nominations, much less nominations for lower-court judges,” Toobin wrote.

The reason, many political analysts believe, is twofold: Democratic voters are motivated not by the SupremeCourt but by political issues, such as women’s rights, climate change or abortion, and liberals have never organized voters around the court as an institution to win.

…“The threat to things progressives hold dear is becoming more acute,” said Brian Fallon, executive director ofDemand Justice, a progressive advocacy group launched in May 2017. “The salience of the court as an issue is still a far way away from the right, but we’re starting to make up ground.”

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