America is witnessing what we can rightly call the “McConnell Miracle.”
I recently asked Senator Mitch McConnell if his record on judicial appointments was the most important part of his legacy as leader of the Senate and he said:
“I think the decision not to fill the Scalia vacancy [in 2016] was the most consequential decision of my career. And I think the follow-up on that, to not only fill the Supreme Court vacancies, but put in place men and women [on the federal courts of appeals] who believe that the job is to interpret the law into as many places as we can, particularly at the Circuit Court level, for as long as we’re in the majority…”
He’s absolutely right. Had Hillary Clinton been elected president, the courts would have shifted quickly and far to the left. Instead, the Supreme Court and lower courts will remain committed to constitutional textualism and to the personal liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.
And that, is the McConnell Miracle.