Mitch McConnell has made comments that indicate his desire to eliminate the blue slip process, which allows home-state senators to block judicial nominees who are too extreme or partisan for the bench, as we know it. His contempt for the institution of the Senate is clear as he keeps chipping away at checks and balances and processes that protect constituents from extremism and cronyism in order to keep ramming through Donald Trump’s agenda.
The only way that McConnell can advance Trump’s agenda is by changing and destroying Senate rules and traditions. Senators from both sides of the aisle need to stand up to McConnell’s attacks on Senate checks and balances. Blue slips allow senators to be consulted about lifetime appointments to the federal bench in their home state, and act as a safeguard against extreme appointees who are unfit to serve.
Tell your senators: Resist McConnell’s agenda and protect blue slips!