Opinion: On this issue, Donald Trump proves some skeptics wrong

President Donald Trump announces Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to the Supreme Court. in January. Trump announced 10 new federal court appointments on Monday. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

Say what you will about Donald Trump’s presidency so far, but his record on judicial appointments is starting to look like vindication for conservatives who held their noses on other issues and voted for him on that basis alone.

On Monday, Trump released the names of 10 people he’s nominating to federal courts, including five to appeals courts. The selections were generally met with enthusiasm by conservative judicial experts. With more than 120 vacancies currently, he’ll need to keep up this kind of pace to keep the federal bench well-stocked. Going forward, this tidbit from the New York Times’ story on the nominations is worth keeping in mind:

“The candidates … include two judges from the lists (of 21 potential Supreme Court nominees) issued during the campaign. Both serve on state supreme courts, and the administration may believe that Senate confirmation and a record of federal judicial opinions will make them more attractive candidates for eventual elevation to the Supreme Court.

“One is Justice Joan L. Larsen, a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and law professor at the University of Michigan, who now serves on the Michigan Supreme Court. She will be nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati.

“The other is Justice David R. Stras, a former law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas and law professor at the University of Minnesota, who now serves on the Minnesota Supreme Court. He will be nominated to the Eighth Circuit, in St. Louis.”

Trump has already nominated another member of his list, Judge Amul Thapar, to the Sixth Circuit. That means four of the 21 — counting new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch — have been named to positions in Trump’s first four months on the job. And that just 17 remain for the next opening on the high court. That could come sooner than later: Rumors have circulated that Justice Anthony Kennedy could retire from the bench as early as this summer. From what I’ve been able to glean, the front-runner should that happen would be Thomas Hardiman, who was one of two other finalists earlier this year when Gorsuch got the nod.

Some conservatives, myself included, questioned whether we could count on Trump to stick to his list given the number of issues on which he’s reversed himself over the years as well as the other subjects that compete for a president’s political capital once he’s in office. Judging by his initial court appointments, we were wrong to doubt him on this matter.

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MindDriver
MindDriver

Great information, Kyle. I finally agree with you!

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

So the grandstanding Jim Comey, got the boot. He deserved to get dumped because he thought the justice department was all about him. Good riddance.

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit Maybe Comey thought he was in law enforcement, not partisan politics.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Have to laugh at these pathetic left wing dupes they absolutely know nothing about history even recent history,

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

As suspected the libs over at Bookman's are going crazy.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@SGTGrit Rightfully so


Trump dismissing the man investigating him for collusion with the Russians is a big deal.


This is EXACTLY how Watergate went down



SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Hedley_Lammar @SGTGrit  Were the Watergate Towers burglarized? Or the Trump Towers burglarized? Guess you don't go back that far do you lad.

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit @Hedley_Lammar It's amazing how this country survives with the quality of leadership we have. Nixon covered up his misdeeds, and was found out.  Slick Willie did the same. We'll see how Trump fares.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Not many lib's on at this moment. They're all scrambling over the far-left internet sites trying get their masters advise as to how to respond. Too funny for words. Think I'll peek into Bookman. LOL

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@SGTGrit In fact the opposite is happening


The cons are looking to breitbart etc to see how to spin the firing.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Democrats heads are exploding. Their false narrative of Trump, campaign collusion with Putin's Russia is officially dead.

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit No it isn't. Like the various criminal and almost criminal acts by the Clintons, it may not be proved. Nixon might have got away with it but for the tapes.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@SGTGrit LOL


Yeah


Trump firing the guy who was investigating him is going to make that all go away


Even you arent that stupid

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Now Trump has fired the man who was investigating his ties to Russia and possible collusion


Looking more and more like Watergate.


There is no other option other than an independent counsel now. Especially with Trumps continued refusal to release his tax returns. 

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Comey's dismissal...who could be surprised. The interesting comment in Trump's dismissal letter was thanking Comey, for telling him on three different occasions that he wasn't the subject of investigation in the Russian collusion controversy. This puts this stupidity to bed and deprives the Democrats from continuing their charade.

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit You have to be kidding. Those are self serving statements by Trump, and if possible even less credible than his other statements. Any rational person would be suspicious of the firing and Trump's statements.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Ychromosome  Do you have some evidence FBI director Ychrom supporting your knowledge that you might share with us? No...I didn't think so. Next. 

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Now we're getting somewhere -


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, saying it was necessary to restore "public trust and confidence" in the nation's top law enforcement agency following several tumultuous months.


Run them all off.

Paul-jr
Paul-jr

I love it keep them coming

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@AndyManUSA#45

In a supposedly solidly red district (that's produced the likes of Tom Price and Newt, let's not forget), you have an effete liberal kid with zero experience mounting a legitimate charge. Not so good for you cons.


Deal with that yo.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

@Eye wonder @AndyManUSA#45 Whatever, the fascist society you belong to would vote for heinrich himmler, if he were the only one on your ballot. Fanatical is not too strong of a word to use here.


By the way, you got pigtails too?

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

After Russia hearing, Trump decries "taxpayer funded charade"

Fact

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

@Eye wonder @AndyManUSA#45 It's a 12 month  gathering of moonbats waiting for something, anything to fall out of the sky, I would say President Trump is pretty intuitive. 


You know what I mean?

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

dawg fan says "I'm not an atheist or "far-left" and I think religion has absolutely no place in government because of raging lunatics like yourself trying to force your views on everyone else." With an assume comment like that you're displaying a candy composed posterior. I never advocated for a state sponsored state. I think you protested too much, so you probably are a far left loon.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@dawg fan @SGTGrit  Do you have a problem reading and comprehending? You accused me of advocating for state sponsored religion and forcing my beliefs on other people. There is nothing in my post that speaks to that intention. I was pointing out the beliefs of our founders and that the Bible was a reference point for the creation of our constitution. Some are attempting to rewrite our history as a country.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Come on, man, there's a lot more than just this to be thankful for. Is it really that hard to admit it?


Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@JohnnyReb That's right boys and girls, Climate Change is due to cow farts.


That isnt what Obama said of course. Its a minor factor in the big picture.

stogiefogey
stogiefogey

"...we were wrong to doubt him on this matter."

We? Not we, you Kyle. Many of us (enough to get the guy elected anyway) knew that he'd make a solid effort to keep the promises he made during the campaign.

I suppose we should be grateful that an "anti-Trump partisan" is at least willing to make this small concession.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@stogiefogey


Trump is an ego maniac but he's no dummy. He handcuff himself to that list and picked a name. I had a small bit of doubt he would betray his base, unless he picked the wrong judge and blamed Obama.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Some of the founders were deists but deists none the less believed in a God that created the universe. Some were doubters but most were Christians. The Bible was indeed referenced a lot in the drafting of our Constitution. Rewriting history for the sake of ideology just makes atheists who're typically far-left appear extremely foolish.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@SGTGrit  I'm not an atheist or "far-left" and I think religion has absolutely no place in government because of raging lunatics like yourself trying to force your views on everyone else. 


Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

The Bible was indeed referenced a lot in the drafting of our Constitution.


No it wasnt


“[T]he government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion….”


- John Adams