Monday, November 13, 2017

Intended Consequences

Some people forget that when you vote for a president — or don’t vote for the opponent because of a fit of pique — things like this happen.

Brett Talley, a 36-year-old lawyer whom President Trump nominated for a lifetime federal judgeship, has practiced law for only three years and has yet to try a case.

Before his nomination in September, he had been unequivocal about his political views. “Hillary Rotten Clinton might be the best Trumpism yet,” says a tweet from his account, which has since been made private. “A Call to Arms: It’s Time to Join the National Rifle Association” was the title of a blog post he wrote in January 2013, a month after a gunman in Newtown, Conn., killed 27 people before taking his own life.

Talley, who also writes horror novels on the side, moved a step closer to becoming a federal district judge in his home state of Alabama on Thursday. Voting along party lines, the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which Republicans outnumber Democrats, approved Talley’s nomination, which now goes to the Senate for a full vote.

Talley is the latest federal judicial nominee to draw scrutiny for what some say is his limited experience in practicing law and the level of partisanship he had shown on social media, on his political blog and on several opinion pieces he had written for CNN. He has also received a “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association, which vets federal judicial nominees.

The vote on Talley’s nomination comes as Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) continue to intensify efforts to place conservative jurists, some of whom are young, on the federal bench. As Trump said as he stood next to McConnell during a news conference in October, the judicial nominations are the “untold” success stories of his presidency.

“Nobody wants to talk about it. But when you think about it, Mitch and I were saying, that has consequences 40 years out, depending on the age of the judge, but 40 years out,” Trump said. “So numerous have been approved. Many, many are in the pipeline. The level of quality is extraordinary.”

Which means that Trump could be out of office next year, if not sooner, but the consequences of electing him will still be felt when my three-year-old grand-nephew is watching his child get married.

Talley isn’t the only one.  As the article points out, the Republicans are whooping through a whole slew of right-wing youngsters to populate the judiciary into the middle of the century, and given the actuarial tables and the natural progression of life, they could infect the Supreme Court as well.

So all of you who voted for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson or held out for one more shot from Bernie because Hillary was too much of a centrist or whatever, thank you so much for having a pure conscience.  See how that works for you when the NRA and “religious liberty” are calling the shots from the federal bench and it’s easier to carry a gun into a school than it is to get a PAP smear.

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  1. McConnell claims that the very best move he’s made in his career was to hold off confirming any judge put up by Obama. So it’s not only Trump who’s visiting this nightmare on us.

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