The west coast’s Ninth Circuit Court of the U.S. has been so reliably left-wing that it has become a clearing house for every extremist, left-wing, anti-American agenda for decades. But President Donald Trump has had the opportunity to place a few new justices on the bench there. So, has he put a dent in the court’s reliably left-wing tilt?
The Ninth has been so reliably left-wing that it has earned the nickname the “Ninth Circus.”
But is it going to stay a circus of laughable, un-American, anti-constitutional decisions? The Washington Post worries that its days of being an extremist’s paradise may be numbered.
“Once the president’s current 9th Circuit nominees are confirmed, there will be 12 GOP appointees among the court’s 29 full-time judges with one vacancy left for the president to fill. Almost half of the bench will lean right. Thanks to Trump, the liberal 9th Circuit will be liberal no more,” the Post laments.
The president has conservative nominees slated to fill four out of five vacancies: Daniel P. Collins, who, according to Climate Liability News, “has defended the oil industry in high-profile climate and environmental cases,” and who clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; Daniel A. Bress, who also clerked for Scalia and, at 39, would likely serve on the federal appellate bench for decades; Kenneth Lee, who worked in President George W. Bush’s White House and has written articles criticizing affirmative action programs; and Bridget Bade, a federal magistrate judge who clerked for conservative Judge Edith Jones of the 5th Circuit.
If they’re ultimately confirmed, these four will join three recent Trump appointees already on the 9th Circuit with conservative bona fides: Ryan D. Nelson, who served on the staff of former senator and Trump attorney general Jeff Sessions; Mark Bennett, a onetime Republican attorney general of Hawaii; and Eric Miller, who clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas, was opposed by liberal-leaning Native American advocacy organizations and was confirmed earlier this week over the objections of both of his Democratic home-state senators.
Well, let’s say that the court will have more opportunities to break toward the Constitution instead of so automatically zooming to the far, far left.
The problem, of course, is that too many judges placed on the bench by Republicans still drift leftward. But the sheer number of nominees being placed on the court will certainly put a hitch in the left’s giddyup out west.
This is a good thing, of course.
A court that is entirely left-wing is not “balance.” It is a political device for the left.
Putting a dent in the Ninth’s left-wingery is good for America. And Trump’s moves on the courts all across the nation has made it worth having voted for him.
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