Courts, Politics

Al Franken Obstructs Judicial Nominee for Being Conservative

Liberal Democrats in the U.S. Senate clearly don’t mind airing their nakedly political opposition to President Trump’s judicial nominees.

Earlier this week, Sen. Diane Feinstein attacked a judicial nominee for being Catholic chiding that ‘[your] dogma lives loudly within you.’

Amy Coney Barrett is a respected law professor at Notre Dame and is the mother of seven children.

Apparently that’s just too much to handle for Feinstein.

Then, not to be outdone, Sen. Al Franken anted up in his charge against a nominee for the 8th Circuit Court that, essentially, he’s too conservative.

Commenting on David Stras’ qualifications, Franken quipped, “if confirmed … Justice Stras would be a deeply conservative jurist in the mold of Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia.”

No longer is being a qualified, accomplished legal scholar an important criterion for the courts.

Now if you’re conservative it really doesn’t matter.

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Here’s more from Daily Signal…

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., seems determined to block a judicial nominee from his home state.

On Tuesday, Franken announced his intent to obstruct Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras, the president’s nominee to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, by refusing to return Stras’ blue slip.

Why jam up the confirmation of a well-respected state jurist to the federal bench?

Franken lamented that “if confirmed … Justice Stras would be a deeply conservative jurist in the mold of Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, justices who the nominee himself has identified as role models.”

That sounds like a ringing endorsement to anyone who cares about the proper role of judges.

With his statement, Franken has clearly signaled that he won’t let through any conservative nominee from Minnesota. This was somewhat surprising since, after a delay, other Democrats have returned their blue slips, letting nominees from Michigan and Indiana proceed.

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