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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Less than a week after the Supreme Court gave women across America the finger with the repeal of Roe v. Wade, President Joe Biden is slated to nominate a Republican anti-abortion lawyer to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge in Kentucky in an alleged deal struck with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). News of the alleged nomination comes as the Biden administration scrambles to address the rollback of abortion rights in a manner that will not appear politically polarizing to voters " you know, just in case you thought the Democrats were actually going to do something about the blatant attack on women's personal autonomy instead of flooding your inbox with hundreds of spam fundraising emails a day.



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... in an alleged deal struck with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). ...

... and Sen McConnell's word is worth -- how much -- these days?

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-30 12:03 PM | Reply

"... and Sen McConnell's word is worth -- how much -- these days?"

A million in prizes?

#3 | Posted by Angrydad at 2022-06-30 09:18 PM | Reply

That's the problem, Biden still thinks Moscow Mitch is his friend.

#4 | Posted by a_monson at 2022-07-01 08:43 PM | Reply

Joe is about to make a bad deal and a big mistake:

The Biden-McConnell Deal to Make an Anti-Abortion Advocate a Federal Judge Is Still On

New details of the controversial Kentucky compromise that has enraged Democrats.

President Joe Biden struck a deal with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to nominate Chad Meredith, a Republican anti-abortion advocate, to a federal judgeship on the Eastern District of Kentucky, Slate has confirmed. Under the arrangement, Meredith would take the seat currently occupied by Judge Karen Kaye Caldwell, a George W. Bush nominee. Caldwell submitted her move to senior status on June 22, which, once complete, will allow Meredith to take the seat. A lawyer with connections to the Kentucky governor's office who is familiar with the agreement told Slate that Caldwell conditioned her move upon the confirmation a successor"specifically, the conservative Meredith. In exchange, McConnell will allow Biden to nominate and confirm two U.S. Attorneys to Kentucky.

The deal has prompted fury from Democrats since it was first reported by the Louisville Courier Journal's Andrew Wolfson and Joe Sonka on Wednesday. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, confirmed the planned nomination at a Thursday press conference. Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth also confirmed the White House's intent to nominate Meredith in an interview with Slate on Friday. Yarmuth described the agreement as "indefensible" and said he wrote "the strongest text message I have ever written to anybody" to a contact at the White House expressing his "outrage."

Beshear and Yarmuth were especially frustrated because they had intended to submit potential nominees as soon as vacancy arose on the court. The White House was aware of this plan, but did not inform them that Caldwell planned to take senior status. As a result, Beshear and Yarmuth had no opportunity to make recommendations. Instead, the Biden administration coordinated with McConnell to tee up Meredith's nomination once Caldwell announced her intent to leave the seat. According to Slate's source in Kentucky, McConnell agreed, in exchange, to stop blocking Democrats' preferred nominees for U.S. Attorney in the state. McConnell has sought to place his own allies in these positions"including prosecutor Thomas B. Wine, who as the Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney refused to charge the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor.

"I understand how brutally manipulative Mitch is," Yarmuth told Slate, "but at some point you have to stand up to him. You have to just confront him and say, no, we're not gonna appoint your people. We're not gonna let Mitch McConnell appoint judges and other federal officials in a Democratic administration.'"

. . .It remains unclear whether he will go through with the planned nomination. This episode marks Biden's first major rift over judges with Democrats, who have so far been pleased with the president's nominees, if not the pace of nominations. On Friday, Yarmuth told Slate that, according to his White House contact, the president "is aware of my concern and the governor's concern," but has not yet responded. The congressman added, of Meredith: "This is a bad appointment for Kentucky. It's a bad appointment for the federal courts. This guy is aligned with a Federalist Society. He represents everything that is anathema to Democrats."

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-07-01 11:55 PM | Reply

Sounds like the type of compromise Republicans say Democrats are never willing to make.

It does sound like it might not be such a great deal, then again I'm not sure what difference an anti-abortion judge could make with an anti-abortion Supreme Court.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-07-02 12:52 AM | Reply

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