Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gave Democrats an ultimatum on confirming judicial nominations by President Donald Trump, and they caved in order to go home sooner.
Here’s what happened
The deal was leaked when under consideration on Thursday.
Lots of chatter that Senate could leave today and not return until the lame-duck session after the elections. McConnell and Schumer still need to strike a deal on a package of executive branch and judicial nominees the WH wants confirmed. If no deal, Senate will be back next week
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 11, 2018
“Lots of chatter that Senate could leave today and not return until the lame-duck session after the elections,” reported Manu Raju of CNN.
“McConnell and [Chuck]Schumer [D-N.Y.] still need to strike a deal on a package of executive branch and judicial nominees the WH wants confirmed. If no deal, Senate will be back next week,” he added.
Liberals recoil in horror
Activist liberal groups demanded that Democrats not give in to the deal offered by Republicans when it was under consideration.
President of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Vanita Gupta, demanded Democrats hold the line on nominees in a statement Thursday.
“If the Senate is serious about the federal judiciary, each senator must reject attempts to confirm these lifetime nominees without adequate time and debate,” Gupta said.
“We expect senators to work, to fight for us and to stand up for what is right. Not catch the first flight out of D.C. so they can advance their personal political standing,” said Shaunna Thomas, the executive director of UltraViolet.
Liberal activist website Daily Kos decried the idea in an article titled, “Dear Chuck Schumer: Do not make a deal for more Trump judges.”
Don’t. Do. It. Schumer.
Make McConnell work for everything. You would have plenty of Democratic senators willing to stick around D.C. to gum up the Senate works while your red state incumbents could go home and campaign. They need you to be fighting McConnell, particularly after the Brett Kavanaugh debacle.
Despite the liberal outrage, Democrats unanimously agreed to the deal in order to go to their home districts sooner and campaign for the midterm elections.
The deal meant confirmation for 15 of Trump’s judicial nominees — 3 circuit court judges, and 12 district court judges.
“I don’t understand this,” tweeted Vox News’ Matt Yglesias. “Couldn’t everyone in cycle go home while a dozen senators with safe seats rotate to hold the floor and refuse unanimous consent?”
“15 lifetime appointments. 84 judges in total. No matter what happens in the midterms or in 2020, Trump has completely reshaped the courts and Schumer and the Democrats share some of that responsibility,” responded LGBT activist Joel Kim Booster.
“Disgusting, tbh!” he concluded.