President Trump is quietly reshaping the federal judiciary and he is doing it in record time.
Long a dream by conservatives, Trump’s stunning upset win has allowed the GOP to swiftly change the tone and tenor of the federal bench for a generation.
And he has two years left on his first term while the Democrats can do little but delay the inevitable.
From Breitbart: President Donald Trump flipped the first federal appeals court to a Republican majority on Tuesday, when the Senate confirmed Judge Paul Matey to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
America is geographically divided into 13 federal appeals courts. For example, the Third Circuit includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Senate confirmed Matey by a vote of 54-46. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) was the sole Democrat to join all Republicans in supporting Matey’s nomination.
Of the nation’s 179 federal appellate judgeships, the Philadelphia-based Third Circuit has 14 seats. President Trump has now appointed judges to three of those seats, with one more vacancy to fill.
Consequently, seven of the current 13 judges were appointed by Republicans. Conservatives are quick to point out that a Republican majority does not mean a conservative majority, but see it as a step in the right direction.
Several appeals courts already had a Republican majority at the outset of the Trump presidency. But January 2021, it is very possible that all federal appeals courts except three – the Fourth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits – could have Republican majorities.
More work needs to be done but Trump has delivered on his main campaign pledge – get conservative judges confirmed in key places.
He already has placed two conservative stalwarts on the highest court in the land, ensuring conservative control for decades, and he is moving along at the same pace to remake the appellate courts.
Elections have consequences.