Mitch McConnell

After impeachment acquittal, Senate confirms another Trump court pick over Dem objections

Minutes after Chief Justice John Roberts gaveled out President Trump’s impeachment trial, which had consumed the Senate for almost three weeks, Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., got right back to what he’s said is his top priority — confirming judges. Less than half-an-hour after TV networks cut away from the Senate to dive into the ramifications of the body acquitting Trump, McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Judge Andrew Brasher to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, a procedural step that moved the controversial nominee one step closer to confirmation. The Senate took the next step to confirming Brasher with a 46-41 cloture vote Monday, then confirmed him 52-43 on Tuesday. Progressive groups, which have opposed many Trump nominees, cried foul over the move. “Last Wednesday, a narrow majority of the Senate voted to cover up the president’s actions. Immediately after the vote to betray our democracy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell turned right back to nominations,” said Lena Zwarensteyn, the Fair Courts campaign director for The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “McConnell is staying the course on shielding the president’s actions from checks and balances and stacking the courts with nominees who have records of hostility to civil and human rights, particularly voting rights.” Others on Monday a conference call with reporters that was organized by the liberal group included Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum and NAACP Alabama State Conference President Bernard Simelton. They said Brasher has a history of fighting against voting rights, gay rights, women’s health care and environmental protection. “Voting rights are at the very foundation of civil liberties and civil rights in our society, and we should be doing everything possible to protect and defend them,” Coons said. “I’m gravely concerned that Judge Andrew Brasher, if confirmed to the Eleventh Circuit, would only continue the efforts to roll them back. Judge Brasher’s record and lack of candor during his confirmation hearing show that he is unfit for this appellate judgeship in the Eleventh Circuit, and I will be voting no.” The 38-year-old Brasher is Trump’s 51st judge confirmed to the appeals courts and 188th overall, according to a Heritage Foundation count. He was confirmed to the Middle District Court of Alabama last year and was previously the Alabama Solicitor General, a job in which he argued before the Supreme Court and the 11th Circuit, the bench Trump and Senate Republicans would like him to join. Also a former white-collar criminal defense lawyer and civil litigator, Brasher received a unanimous “Well-Qualified” rating from the American Bar Association for his nomination to the 11th Circuit. Republicans have been supportive of Brasher’s nomination, which saw a cloture vote split on party lines with no defections either way. “Andrew Brasher is an outstanding choice to serve as a district judge for the Middle District of Alabama,” Sen. Richard Shelby said when Brasher was confirmed to his district court post in May. “His judicial temperament and vast legal experience make him well-suited to assume this new role.” Shelby was just as supportive of the judge when Trump nominated him to the 11th Circuit in November.

Another Trump judicial nominee confirmed by the Senate, and the left is losing its mind because he is eminently qualified.  He even got his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard.  But he’s a member of the Federalist Society and a solidly conservative judge.  Er go why the left is losing its mind.  Gotta love that!  Kudos to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for getting another excellent judge confirmed in the Senate!  For more, click on the text above.     🙂

Diners confront Mitch McConnell at restaurant, get told to ‘leave him alone’ by others

A small group of angry diners confronted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at a restaurant Friday night, but were met with calls from other customers to leave the Kentucky Republican alone. Video obtained by TMZ shows at least one diner berating McConnell on issues such as Social Security at a restaurant in Louisville. The video starts with him yelling at McConnell and arguing with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao — to whom McConnell is married. The outlet reported that four men first confronted McConnell. “Oh yeh, why don’t you get out of here? Why don’t you leave our entire country,” the protester tells the couple. As Chao argues with the protester, McConnell appears unperturbed and sips on a drink. But other diners begin yelling at the protester, telling him to “leave him alone” and making shoo-ing gestures. “They’re going to come for Social Security,” he told the other diners, before appearing to be approached by staff. According to TMZ, the woman who recorded the incident said the protester slammed his fists on McConnell’s table and threw food out of the restaurant after accusing McConnell of killing people with his views. McConnell reportedly later thanked some of the supporters and shook their hands. “The Leader and Sec. Chao enjoyed their meal in Louisville last night and they appreciate those who spoke up against incivility,” McConnell spokesman David Popp said in a statement. “They hope other patrons weren’t too inconvenienced by left-wing tantrums. As the Leader often says, the Senate will not be intimidated by the antics of far-left protestors.” The incident marks the latest hounding of a Republican or Trump administration official from a restaurant. Last month Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was forced out of a restaurant by protesters angry at his support of the confirmation of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. McConnell and Chao were confronted by protesters earlier in the year as they left an event at Georgetown University. Chao stood up to the protesters and told them to “leave my husband alone.” In July, McConnell was confronted by more protesters as he left a restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky. Protesters reportedly yelled “abolish ICE” and “no justice, no peace.” “I see what they did here. They waited until Elaine wasn’t around,” McConnell subsequently tweeted.

Kudos to Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who takes this nonsense in stride.  While I’ve certainly had my differences with the man during his time in the Senate, ya gotta respect this southern gentleman who is a polio survivor for his principled leadership.  I’m just wondering when the Dems will get off their collective asses and condemn this sorta crap…instead of encouraging it.

McConnell Advances Six Judicial Nominees, Base and Republicans Push for More

Senate Republicans confirmed one federal judge on Thursday and set the stage to confirm five more judges next week, including to federal appeals courts across the nation. While these are victories for President Donald Trump, conservatives caution senators that this week’s developments are a good start, but not enough to satisfy them when it comes to the federal courts. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed for cloture on five judicial nominees, one to the federal trial court in Washington, D.C., and the other four to the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Sixth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits. The federal appeals courts are just one step down from the U.S. Supreme Court. The appellate nominees are: Stephanos Bibas for the Third Circuit, Joan Larsen for the Sixth Circuit, Amy Coney Barrett for the Seventh Circuit, and Allison Eid for the Tenth Circuit. Larsen is currently a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court, and Barrett is a professor at Notre Dame Law School. They had confirmation hearings in September and made it through the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) on October 5, but had been stymied there for the past three weeks. Bibas is a professor at University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Eid is a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court. They both had hearings in SJC last week, and were voted out of committee Thursday morning These nominees are considered especially important because Larsen and Eid was two names on President Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court picks. These two—both women—are considered possible contenders for the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, should her seat become vacant during the next three years. The trial court nominee for whom McConnell filed cloture is Trevor McFadden, slated for final confirmation on Monday to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The four appellate court nominees will then follow. Speaking on the Senate floor on Thursday, McConnell lamented that despite the fact that “the well-qualified men and women the president has nominated enjoy substantial bipartisan support, Democrats are abusing Senate rules and precedent to create “partisan procedural hurdles” that cannot deny the ultimate outcome of confirmation but can burn up hundreds of hours of time that could go to other priorities. Facing relentless pressure from Republicans to confirm President Trump’s nominees, McConnell promised on the Senate floor, “We will confirm these nominees. You can count on it.” Some nominees are still in limbo after today’s moves, most notably Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras, who was nominated for the Eighth Circuit. Stras is still held hostage in the SJC because Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) refuses to return a blue piece of paper with a check mark to Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Conservative leaders insist, however, that they will not be fully satisfied until McConnell reinterprets Senate rules and changes Senate practice to remove the remaining roadblocks on President Trump’s nominees, mainly on the Senate floor rather than a committee. Judicial Crisis Network Chief Counsel Carrie Severino discussed the chief roadblock, pointing out that allowing 30 hours of post-cloture debate on every nominee is consuming massive amounts of Senate session time, slowing the confirmation rate of judges to a crawl. McConnell’s actions on Thursday do not fix that problem, and he will have to hold 50 of his 52 Republicans together to affirm any change to the 30-hour standard. Sen. James Lankford is pushing to reduce post-cloture debate to eight hours, while some conservatives argue that debate on all nominees—judicial and executive—should be limited to two hours. Thursday’s actions illustrated the post-cloture problem, as the Senate confirmed Judge Scott Palk to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma by a 79-16 vote, but only after consuming a couple days of the Senate’s debate time. Palk had actually first been nominated by Obama. With Senate Democrats using the 60-vote requirement to end filibusters as a tool for blocking some legislation and with moderate Republicans proving unreliable when it comes to passing all remaining legislation in the 52-48 Republican-controlled Senate, the White House and the president’s allies are increasingly looking to big wins in judicial nominations to give the president a series of accomplishments going into the 2018 midterms. The Senate had confirmed merely seven of President Trump’s 56 judicial nominees before today’s action. After these nominees, that number will stand at 13. The president still has another 89 judicial nominations to make to fill all current vacancies, with more coming soon.

CNN reporter mocks Mitch McConnell for needing help with stairs, not realizing he survived polio

CNN political reporter Daniella Diaz sent a tweet on Monday pointing out that President Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell locked hands while walking up stairs at the White House following their Rose Garden press conference. Diaz seemed to be mocking the Republican duo – but while followers quickly pointed out that the Kentucky senator is a polio survivor, the tweet remains on her feed nearly 24 hours later. “That hand-lock between Trump and McConnell, though,” Diaz wrote with video of the incident. A CNN colleague called out Diaz, quoting her tweet and explaining the situation. At the time this article was published, Diaz had not deleted the tweet. Daily Beast Senior Editor Andrew Kirell also asked what was going on in a since-deleted response. “McConnell is a polio survivor, a reason why stairs can be tricky at times,” CNN’s Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju wrote. “McConnell often goes up a step at a time, sometimes needs railing for assistance. This time, used Trump for balance.” Many users commented on Diaz’s tweet, saying it needs to be removed and criticizing the CNN reporter for the message. “You’re making fun of the President of the United States helping a polio survivor that stumbled. Stay classy CNN, stay classy,” one user responded. Back in 1990, McConnell explained his medical situation in a campaign ad when running for re-election in Kentucky. “When I was a child and my dad was in World War II, I got polio. I recovered, but my family almost went broke,” McConnell explained. Before the polio vaccine was introduced in 1955, tens of thousands of American children developed paralytic polio every year, according to WebMD. Post-polio syndrome affects some people who had the condition, and symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain and progressive weakness in muscles. “So very cheap and sleazy journalism — if it even could be called journalism just a hate post,” one user wrote, while another said, “He had polio. Read a bio first if you’re going to report on people. It’s been known since he went to Congress.” Another commenter schooled Diaz, “You are probably too young to realize that people used to get polio in this country. Childhood polio isn’t funny.”

Good on these people posting their comments ripping Daniella a new one.  What an ass..  Shame on her for such a low-class posting, and shame on CNN for allowing it to stay up for so long…and not reprimanding her.  Typical liberal bias from CNN..

McConnell: ‘It’s Disrespectful’ of the GOP Electorate For Republicans to Not Back Trump

Monday in an appearance to promote his new memoir “The Long Game” on “CBS This Morning,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) addressed the possibility that some in the Republican Party will buck the party to go with a presidential candidate other than the party’s presumptive nominee Donald Trump. McConnell described doing as “disrespectful” of the party’s electorate and said he would be a better choice than the Democratic option, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “Let me put it this way,” McConnell said. “We know what we get with Hillary Clinton — four more years just like the last eight. We know the average American is $3,000 a year worse off now than they were when President Obama came to office. The country is yearning for a change. And my view is four more years like the last eight is not good for the country. He won the nomination fair and square. He went out there and competed like everybody else. He got the most votes. And I think it’s disrespectful of the Republican electorate to say, ‘I’m smarter than you are, and I’m not going to support your choice.’” Later in the segment, McConnell urged Trump to take a different approach than his usual off-script speeches. “I’d like to see a more studious approach,” McConnell added.

Agreed..and well said, Senator! These self-righteous, sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, inside-the-beltway, so-called Republicans who are still fighting the nomination of Donald Trump, are giving the finger to the voters who elected him as their nominee. Shame on Bill Kristol, Mitt Romney, George Will, and the rest of them for violating Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment. And, kudos to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for saying what needed to be said. 🙂

Sen. McConnell: We’ll Use Purse Power to ‘Restrain’ Executive Amnesty

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed to “restrain” and “push back against” any executive orders by the president to grant work permits to illegal immigrants “by trying to control the amount of money that is allocated” if the Republicans take over the Senate on Tuesday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel.

Of course the devil is the details…and the HOW to make that happen even if there is a GOP majority in the Senate after next week’s midterm elections.  That said, I very much appreciate Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) position and hope he is re-elected next Tuesday.  He has done about as well as anyone could in his position, and has earned another term.

U.S. Senate Dem Candidate’s Staff Caught on Hidden Camera: She’s Lying About Support for Coal Industry

U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is lying about her support for the state’s coal industry according to Kentucky Democrats, including members of her campaign team, who were captured on a hidden camera video.

We tend to stay out of election politics here at The Daily Buzz.. After all, there are PLENTY of news channels that cover that sorta thing. That said, from time to time we see a story that has national implications and shows the brazen hypocrisy of certain candidates…which we’re all to happy to expose. Alison Grimes is challenging Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Senate Minority Leader…and COULD be the Sen. Majority Leader if the GOPS takes control of the Senate next month (knock on wood!). So, this election definitely has national implications. Currently, Alison is down in the polls, and Mitch is expected to win re-election in this southern state, even though the Dems are throwing a LOT of money to unseat Mitch. They’ve even sent folks like Bill Clinton to campaign for Alison. And, Alison is portraying herself as a pro-coal, and pro-gun.. Now we’re finding that her more conservative campaign positions are just bs..and that IF she were ever elected, its clear she’d pull a bait and switch and vote along liberal Democrat lines. Good on James O’Keefe for going undercover again to shine the light of truth on the Grimes campaign. Its important to know the truth about what these candidates REALLY believe; NOT what they’ll just say in an election year to get elected. Excellent!

Republicans receive boost in Senate primaries

Republicans receive boost in Senate primaries

I watched the returns last night, and really didn’t see any surprises.  I knew Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would win his primary handily (and said as much several times), despite all the media coverage suggesting (and secretly praying) otherwise.  Consider this story in the liberal Washington Post a bemoaning of what happened last night.  They were hoping some different outcomes.  But, really, nothing surprising at all.  And, if things continue as they’re going, the GOP stands a better than average chance of taking control of the Senate by a small margin.