Two openly gay judges have been confirmed for the federal bench and the anti-gay right is throwing quite a tantrum over it. The Worldnetdaily, naturally, is putting the megaphone in front of the bigots and offering up their dishonest and irrational arguments with no analysis whatsoever:
President Obama has a pen, a phone and apparently a list of activist homosexual judges ready to appoint to the federal bench who will work to implement his agenda regardless of what Congress or voters decide.
Two of those judges garnered U.S. Senate confirmation on Thursday. Darrin Gayles to the U.S. District Court for Southern District of Florida was confirmed by a vote of 98-0 while Staci Yandle will be seated on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois by a vote of 52-44.
Notice that codeword “activist.” Merely being gay is proof that a judge must be a “judicial activist,” a nonsense phrase that really just means “I don’t agree with their rulings.”
That’s so stupid as to be funny. The Senate’s advice and consent role is firmly in place. After all, the Senate debated those nominations and took a vote on them. All that changed is that a minority of the Senate can no longer prevent that process from taking place. The rule change is what allowed the Senate to provide advice and consent; you can’t do that if you can’t even take a vote on it.
Mark Trammell of the pro-family Liberty Counsel said Harry Reid’s decision in November 2013 to change the rules of the Senate, allowing him to file a motion for cloture, which ends debate and forces a vote on all presidential appointees, is now coming home to roost.
“He basically eviscerated the ‘advice and consent’ role of the U.S. Senate,” Trammell told WND. “Today, that’s about all the Senate does. They initiate very little legislation. They basically confirm judges and executive appointees.”
Now, the confirmations seem to be running through the Senate on autopilot.
“Honestly, it seems like just about every day there’s a list of judges or executive appointments,” Trammell said. “The district court, the circuit court, the number Harry Reid is filing for cloture on is just overwhelming, and no matter how much research the Republicans uncover about an appointee, they go through. There’s really not a lot of hope.”
OMG, it’s overwhelming! Fact check: The Senate has approved 54 judges since Nov. 21 of last year, less than two a week. But it had only confirmed 36 in all of 2013 prior to that, and only 49 in all of 2012. Until Nov. 21, 2013 the Republicans had filibustered 27 judicial nominees; all presidents since Eisenhower had only had 20 nominations filibustered. The rule change was entirely justified. Conservatives may not like that, but elections have consequences. When a party controls the White House and the Senate, they get to appoint a lot of judges. Deal with it.