Liberal California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kalama Harris were not happy Friday because President Donald Trump nominated three conservatives to fill vacancies on the liberal 9th U.S. Court of Appeals without consulting either Democrat, according to Fox News.
One might call it “payback” for Feinstein’s 11th hour attempt to derail the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination, using allegations of sexual impropriety from Kavanaugh’s youth, which could not be corroborated. Harris and Feinstein both voted against Kavanaugh’s confirmation after questioning him during three separate days of hearings.
The three nominees were identified by the Los Angeles Times as Patrick J. Bumatay, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, and Los Angeles attorneys Daniel P. Collins and Kenneth Kiyul Lee. All three are reportedly members of the Federalist Society, Fox reported.
Why is this cause for fury? Because the 9th Circuit is considered to be the most liberal federal circuit in the nation, and senators from a judicial nominee’s home state are customarily afforded an opportunity to offer an opinion prior to nomination.
But in the current political climate, where Democrats and Republicans are virtually at war with one another, such cordiality seems to have been thrown out. Democrats are also at war with Trump, and with midterms only a few weeks away, that conflict is escalating.
Democrat behavior during the Kavanaugh hearing process is also being blamed for what some pollsters see as a possible flip in the midterm elections with Democrats being unable to make the gains that originally had been predicted. Rasmussen Reports this week said the Democrat lead that had existed prior to the Kavanaugh hearings had vanished.