Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), who gained public attention by reaming out a woefully-unqualified federal judge nominee in Judicial Committee hearings, doubled-down during a radio interview by saying that “Just because you’ve seen My Cousin Vinny doesn’t qualify you to be a federal judge”
He then went on to say that he spoke to Trump who put the blame on his staff he researched nominees and didn't press the nomination, telling the senator that "when some of my guys send someone who is not qualified, you do your job."
First and foremost, and to be absolutely clear, as profoundly embarrassing as that committee hearing video was for the sap of a nominee, the shame of this horrific fed judge nomination is NOT on the nominee...but on Trump and the Trump administration that nominated him for a LIFETIME appointment.
But that aside -- which is a whole lot to put aside -- well, of course, Trump put the blame on someone else! Yes, the staff does research the names it suggests for the president. But the president should at least ask some questions about the people he is going to put forth, since it's his name behind them and his job on nomination.
And note to Trump -- some of your guys did NOT sent "someone who is not qualified." You sent him.
And a note as well to Mr. Kennedy that Trump's quote quote isn't as endearing as the senator seems to be trying to make it, since no senator should really need the president to tell him to do his job, and leave even a hint of a thought that without the president's OK a senator wouldn't do his job. And let someone who is not qualified pass through, on a lifetime appointment.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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