President Trump may not have gotten the best outcome possible from the 2018 congressional elections, but he may have gotten everything he was hoping for.
Ahead of the midterms, the polls were stacked against Republicans and many political analysts predicted a huge loss for Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
This was not to be the case however as Republicans ended up gaining seats in the upper chamber, something which could work very beneficially for President Trump as the Senate is responsible for confirmation votes to judicial positions and cabinet appointments.
From the Washington Examiner:
By taking over control of the House of Representatives, Democrats may be able to block President Trump from passing any major legislation for the next few years. But by maintaining control of the Senate, Republicans can ensure that Trump will get to name a flood of judges to fill vacancies on the federal judiciary.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell already touts the remaking of the federal judiciary under Trump as one of the greatest accomplishments of the GOP-controlled Senate. Since Trump took office, the Senate has confirmed 84 judges. That includes 29 appellate court judges, as well as Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
There is nothing standing in the way of Trump continuing his historic streak and there are currently more than 100 judicial vacancies in courts across the country.
The president touted the Senate majority in a series of tweets from Tuesday night and extending into Wednesday morning.
“Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!” Trump said.
Trump also shared a quote from television personality and political analyst Ben Stein.
“There’s only been 5 times in the last 105 years that an incumbent President has won seats in the Senate in the off-year election. Mr. Trump has magic about him. This guy has magic coming out of his ears. He is an astonishing vote getter & campaigner. The Republicans are unbelievably lucky to have him and I’m just awed at how well they’ve done. It’s all the Trump magic – Trump is the magic man. Incredible, he’s got the entire media against him, attacking him every day, and he pulls out these enormous wins.”
So, maybe Trump takes a step back from legislative achievements (or maybe he can show off his negotiating skills and work deals with Democrats), but he must be glad to know he can continue to change the political landscape of the country through an unprecedented number of judicial appointments.
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Given that Trump’s hands will be tied legislatively, one of the ways in which he’ll be able to appeal to the Republican base ahead of the 2020 election will be to appoint more conservative judges.
Currently, there are 111 vacancies in U.S. District Courts and 11 vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals. As of now, Trump has nominations pending on 48 of those district court spots and three of the appellate slots.
Look for Trump to aggressively fill those remaining slots and for McConnell to work swiftly to confirm them. Without control of the House, the Senate won’t have the chance to enact much legislation, so McConnell can focus primarily on getting judges across the finish line. There are currently 865 judgeships at the district, appellate, and Supreme Court level. Were Trump to fill all the current vacancies on top of those he has already confirmed, nearly one out of four judges on the judiciary will have been appointed by Trump.
That is MASSIVE for conservatives, regardless of what happened to their majority in the House of Representatives. All eyes are on 2020 now.