The old adage that “no good deed goes unpunished” seems true in many areas of politics. And judicial nominations have certainly become one of those areas.
I recently wrote to argue that Republicans should not play “nice” when it comes to judicial nominations. Expecting the Harry Reid (D-Nevada)/Charles Schumer (D-New York)/Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) radical bulldozer to act on a reasonable basis is a futile exercise.
After Democrat leadership cried out about the slow judicial confirmation rate in the Senate, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) extended an olive branch to the President and Senate leadership by moving judicial nominations swiftly with objections in just a few cases. But his efforts continue to be met with disdain.
Last time, I pointed to the nomination of radical, pro-abortion operative Steve Six as the latest inkling that extending an olive branch to current Senate leadership means you will probably burn your hand trying. But the nomination of Steve Six was just a first degree burn.
The second degree burn came late last week, and those are much more painful.
The Senate confirmed John McConnell on a 50-44 vote, despite strong opposition from just about every conservative voice and even many liberal ones. McConnell could not even obtain a “well qualified” rating from the American Bar Association (ABA). That’s hard to do for a liberal!
Instead, McConnell received the lowest rating of any of President Obama’s nominees. A majority of the ABA’s 15-member judicial rating committee rated him “qualified” and a minority actually rated him “not qualified.” Three members abstained from voting.
The poor rating was well deserved. McConnell’s greatest qualifications for the bench seemed to be the enormous financial support he gave to the President and other liberal causes. Reports show that he and his wife have contributed close to $1 million to a large group of liberal causes, including more than $31,000 to President Obama’s Victory Fund and $50,000 to his Presidential Inaugural Committee.