I am a democrat, but I am very cynical about them. So when I hear news about the dems being incompetent and inept I tend to believe it because it validates my pre-existing beliefs.
I heard that because of Patrick Leahy being the head of the Judiciary committee in the senate kept up the tradition of blue slips, which allows a senator from a state to block a judicial nominee for that state. So basically if a judge was going to be appointed to Montana, a Montana senator from either party could veto the selection.
I guess I could understand how Patrick Leahy comes from a time when bipartisanship and putting country before party existed, and I guess I can understand his desire to uphold norms, but anyone who pays attention to modern politics knew the GOP was going to abolish this rule once they controlled both the senate and the presidency. Which is exactly what they did.
Anyway, the ACA ruling occurred in Texas, which is overseen by the 5th circuit court of appeals. According to wikipedia, Obama only put 3 justices on the 5th circuit court, while Trump put 5 justices there (despite Obama having the presidency & senate for 6 years, vs Trump only having then for 2 so far). I’ve heard about this issue before, but the ACA being in the news brought it back up because I heard that Leahy allowed the GOP senators from TX to keep the seats open, then once Trump was in power he stacked the court.
Which brings me back to my question. Did Obama, Leahy and the dems basically allow the GOP to keep court seats open even when the dems controlled the senate, then let the GOP pack the courts once the GOP controlled the senate & presidency?
If so, this could spell bad news for the ACA law since it is going to go to appeal.
Like I said, I’m very cynical about the democrats so because of that, I’m naturally inclined to believe what I hear when they are portrayed as incompetent and inept. So thats why I’m asking other people for verification if this is what actually happened since my own internal biases are going to cloud my judgment.
Did the democrats try to play by the rules while the GOP broke those same rules, and now as a result the 5th circuit appeals court could uphold the decision to abolish the ACA?