The appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court was President Trump’s greatest achievement in his first 100 days in office.
Now there are 20 vacancies on the federal circuit courts of appeals and hundreds on the district and special courts, but a huge obstacle stands in the way of the Senate confirmation process: the so-called “blue slip.”
The blue slip is sent to the senators from the home state of every judicial nominee, allowing those senators to approve or veto the nominee.
The blue slip isn’t a law, and it would be anathema to our Constitutional framers. It’s a leftover of decades past, a means by which individual senators could control their region’s judicial future.
It will be up to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley to seal his place in Senate history as a deeply committed constitutionalist.
If Grassley rids the Senate of the practice forever, his place in the chamber’s history will be secured as a leader who sought to rebalance the institution’s practices in alignment with the framer’s intentions.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/318323165″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]