GOP Frustrates Dems’ Judicial Appointments as Elderly Senator Absent

Republicans in the Senate frustrated the hopes of the Democrat Party to move ahead with Biden’s new judicial appointments. They did this by refusing to help replace an absent Democratic senator on a key committee.

Democrats Take Hit from Feinstein’s Illness

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has been missing from Congress since early March; she was admitted to a hospital following a shingles bout.

The 89-year-old Democrat, who is in her sixth and probably last term, has in a sense become the female version of Sleepy Joe. Her advanced age and public gaffes have called into question her cognitive abilities.

Against that backdrop, an entire cohort of power-hungry, younger California Democrats has been salivating over her Senate seat like a pack of starving jackals.

Meanwhile, over on Capitol Hill, the Senate Democrats are struggling with the effects of Feinstein’s absence. It has allowed Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to block the confirmations of no fewer than a dozen pro-woke judges nominated by Biden.

Without Feinstein, the committee features 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans. It is unknown when the elderly senator, who is now recovering at home, will be back to resume her duties.

With the longest-serving female senator absent, some Democrats have called for her to resign 1.5 years ahead of the end of her term.

At the same time, last week, Feinstein issued a statement declaring that House Majority Leader Chuck Schumer should replace her temporarily on the Judiciary Committee with another Democrat, the Red State reported.

No Way Democrats Get Their Way

Schumer announced plans to do that, but a replacement would require 60 votes in the Senate. This means at least 10 Republicans would have to side with Democrats on the matter.

Even moderate GOP senators, however, have declared they wouldn’t go along with the Democrats’ idea.

Schumer, who said Feinstein told him she would be returning to Senate soon, insisted Republicans should allow her temporary replacements since, in his view, that was “the right thing to do.”

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was himself absent after suffering a fall at the beginning of March, returned to Capitol Hill on Monday.

McConnell declared he would make sure that no Republicans help Democrats replace Feinstein, which would have allowed the latter to go ahead and appoint dozens of extra woke judges.

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