MN03 Erik Paulsen Eerily Silent on Scott Palk

QUERY #1 : Did President Obama give Scott Palk the kiss of death ?

QUERY #2 : Has Erik Paulsen found an issue to energize his Republican base ?

Ya gotta have a little pity for Scott Palk.
For those that do not recognize the name, Mr. Palk is a former assistant U.S. attorney who has prosecuted violent crimes, gangs and domestic terrorism in Oklahoma City federal court.
His work was recognized in December 2015 when President Barack Obama nominated to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.
That was after the White House conducted a six-month vetting process and the American Bar Association rated Palk as qualified for the judgeship. Palk was praised by both Republican Senators, Jim Inhofe and James Lankford who said “Though I have had many disagreements with the White House” Scott Palk is “fair-minded and will uphold the strict rule of law”.
The Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on the Palk nomination on April 20,2016 and approved it on May 19, 2016.

Hmmm … approved by the committee … embraced by his home state Republican Senators … sounds, like a slam dunk.
Ah, no … the Senate returned the nomination back to the White House saying that it didn’t have time to vote on his nomination.

Scott Palk isn’t the only one …

Donald Coggins, Jr. was nominated on February 25, 2016 for U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina … once again embraced by Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott … received a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 21, 2016, and was approved without objection on July 14.
On April 5, 2016, upon the recommendation of Idaho Republican Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, David Nye was nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho by President Obama. Nye’s nomination received a hearing on June 21, 2016, and was voted out of the Judiciary Committee unanimously on July 15.
Both were not allowed a confirmation vote by the full Senate.

The Obama presidency is over … and the Trump era has begun.

On May 8th, President Trump nominated a slate of 10 conservatives to the federal courts … including Scott Palk and David Nye. Donald Coggins, Jr was nominated by President Trump on August 3.

Also in that May 8th group of nominees was current Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras for the Eighth Circuit … where there are three openings.

Funny thing is did anyone hear any squealing from Minnesota’s Third District Congressman Erik Paulsen about the Republican inaction on the Palk, Nye or Coggins nominations ?
Heck, the current Palk nomination was approved by the Committee on the Judiciary on June 15th … yet the Republican-controlled Senate hasn’t vote on him yet ?

But Congressman Paulsen is ranting on about Justice Stras


Hmmm … so while the Obama Administration that sought to find a qualified candidate that would acceptable to both Democrats and Republicans, Congressman Paulsen has formed his own search committee (which as reported by the Strib “wasn’t visibly involved in the Stras appointment” but instead it was Congressman Paulsen who sought out Justice Stras and presented him to the White House for their approval), so he’s mad … blaming “partisanship“.
The same Strib article warned about “the overrepresentation of white males” which these Trump nominees will not help and begs the question for Congressman Paulsen’s secretive selection process that failed to produce any qualified female candidates.

So, Congressman Paulsen is “disappointed”


Senator Franken has announced his opposition voicing his concerns that Justice Stras would “reliably rule in favor of powerful corporate interests over working people, and that he would place a high bar before plaintiffs seeking justice at work, at school, and at the ballot box.”

Admittedly, Senator Franken is not the self-proclaimed #MathGuy that Congressman Paulsen asserts he is, but surely, he knows that he only has one vote out of 100 Senators … and the Republicans control the government. The Stras nomination rests in the hands of Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. They can dispense with Senate custom and just move forward regardless of Senator Franken’s opinion.

So that really exposes what is going on … QUERY #2 : Has Erik Paulsen found an issue to energize his Republican base ?

When Congressman Paulsen says “disappointed” that’s polite political trash-talking for “I’m gonna get ya” and the tweets are a political dog-whistle to his base.

Congressman Paulsen is THE #MathGuy … he knows that to win elections, he must motivate his base.
And to do that he needs to remind gun owners that he likes to hunt, religious voters that he opposes abortions, corporations that he opposes all taxes, beer drinkers that he is the 2017 #Beer Champion, and now, he is picking the next round of judges — who will defend the NRA, reject Roe-v-Wade, protect corporations big and small.

Yep, it’s a good strategy.

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