When Donald Trump ran for President, he promised to nominate conservative Supreme Court justices.
The President made good on that pledge by remaking the federal judiciary with a record number of judicial appointments.
And now this judge’s retirement just changed Donald Trump’s Supreme Court fortunes.
Donald Trump recently saw the Senate confirm his 160th federal judicial nominee.
The President tweeted, “I want to congratulate @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell and all Republicans. Today I signed the 160th Federal Judge to the Bench. Within a short period of time we will be at over 200 Federal Judges, including many in the Appellate Courts & two great new U.S. Supreme Court Justices!”
The President just found out he will get another judicial appointment.
And it could be one of the most consequential of his Presidency.
11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stanley Marcus announced his retirement, effective March 2 or when his successor is confirmed – whichever comes first.
Marcus served as a District Court Judge in Florida before President Clinton appointed him to the Circuit Court bench in 1997.
When President Trump took office, the 11th Circuit featured an eight to three majority for Democrat appointees.
When the Republican Senate confirms Marcus’s successor that move will change the composition of the 11th Circuit to a seven to five majority for Republican justices.
This nomination will have two major consequences for the President.
First of all, it will close off one avenue for the resistance to file nuisance lawsuits to slow down the President’s agenda.
Democrats constantly hunt around for Obama judges to file lawsuits in front of, demanding they issue injunctions blocking Trump agenda items.
The fewer of these lawsuits there are, the easier it will be for the administration to appeal the lawless rulings by Obama judges to the Supreme Court.
President Trump has good record of defeating the resistance at the Supreme Court and the fewer resistance lawsuits that clog up the Circuit Court system, the better it is for the President.
Secondly, Circuit Court nominees are proving grounds for eventual Supreme Court justices.
The more appointees the President installs on the Circuit Court, the wider a net President Trump can cast for candidates to fill an eventual Supreme Court vacancy.
And many political experts believe a Supreme Court vacancy will occur in the next year or by 2021 at the latest.
Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has suffered through four bouts of cancer.
Late last year she had surgery to remove cancerous tumors on her lungs.
At the end of August, Ginsburg’s doctors announced Ginsburg completed three weeks of radiation therapy to treat tumors on her pancreas.
Ginsburg also battled pancreatic cancer back in 2009.
Many court watchers believe Ginsburg is hanging on to see if a Democrat defeats Trump in 2020.
But if Donald Trump wins re-election there is a very strong possibility that he will choose Ginsburg’s successor.
And the more potential nominees President Trump has to pick from, the better the chance a strong conservative emerges.
Conservative Revival will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.