After the terms were ironed out a deal has been reached between Democrats and Republicans on the Senate. In exchange for confirming 15 lifetime federal judges, the Senate has been allowed to go into recess through the mid-term elections. With the Senate in recess through the mid-terms vulnerable Democrats who are in danger of losing their positions can now return to their states and campaign. For Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and most of the other Democrats it really was not a hard deal to agree to. Since the Republicans hold the majority on the senate, the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. would have been able to get the 15 judges confirmed anyway even if the senate stayed in session. At the end of the day it was just good business for the Democrats to agree to confirm three Circuit Court judges and 12 Circuit Court judges so that they could go home until the mid-term elections were over.
The Democrats had the option of trying to fight the confirmation of each nominee, however exercising this option would have only made things more difficult for Democrats on the senate who are at risk of losing their positions. Even with 30 hours of debate between each of the 15 nominees the Republicans would have seen them all confirmed by November 1. With the realization that this would have only been a losing battle the Democrats chose to live to fight another day with the deal that was reached between the two political parties.
The deal that was reached Thursday came at a sensitive time in America when a large number of liberals are trying to encourage Democrats to fight harder after the Republicans succeeded at seeing Justice Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Some of the liberals who do not look too favorably upon the deal Democrats agreed to feel that it is time the Democrats to have a new “Senate leader”. Anyone can be an arm chair quarterback and say that this person should have done this or that person should have done that. At the end of the day it is the actual senators who currently sit on the senate who had to weigh the situation carefully while trying to make the best decision possible. Half of the Democrats that currently hold a seat on the senate face serious threats to their current position. This made the deal that Republicans offered a reasonable choice to accept so that they could try to save the Democrats that are at risk of losing their seat on the senate.
The deal that was struck today brings the number of judges that President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have confirmed over the last two years to 84. Out of the 84 judges that President Trump and McConnell has been able to confirm over the last two years, two of them are Supreme Court justices.
Despite Senate Democrats agreeing that it was in the Democratic party’s best interest to allow the quick confirmation of the judges, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Democrat senators have become the target of criticism for agreeing to the terms of the deal. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican senators who agreed to the terms of the deal that was reached Thursday have become the target of their own critics as well.