Democrats are attempting to broker a deal that will give them more influence in confirming judicial nominees. The two Democratic California Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, who are both on the Senate Judiciary Committee, revealed Monday they have a proposal for President Donald Trump.
The senators have asked President Trump’s incoming White House Counsel Pat Cipollone to convince the president to confirm a handful of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals justices. The senators have offered to accept one of President Trump’s nominees, Judge James Rogan, in exchange for the president nominating Judge Lucy Koh, one of their choices.
“While we continue to oppose the slate of nominees the White House put forward on October 10, we remain hopeful that you will work with us to reach a bipartisan agreement in a timely manner,” the two senators wrote to Cipollone.
The problem with the Democrats’ plan is that there is no incentive for President Trump and the Republicans to comply. President Trump remains the president and Republicans remain in control of the Senate. These are the only two necessary components to confirm justices to the federal bench.
Democrats should instead look to build coalitions with Republicans on issues where Republicans actually need Democratic support. The primary issues on Americans’ minds are health care and immigration. Republicans and Democrats need each other to address these important issues, and compromise will be necessary here. Democrats should focus their efforts of what they do have a say in, not what they don’t.