The strange relationship between Senate Democrats and the American Bar Association is once again on display.
On Nov. 6, Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) claimed on the Senate floor that “over the last three years, President Trump has nominated and Senate Republicans have approved the most unqualified and radical nominees in my time in this body.” He noted three judicial nominees, two for the U.S. District Court and one for the U.S. Court of Appeals, who received a “not qualified rating” from the American Bar Association.
Let’s look at what Schumer did not mention. Schumer, as well as former Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), have said the ABA rating is the “gold standard” for evaluating judicial nominees. But last year, the Senate confirmed Holly Teeter to the U.S. District Court after an ABA “not qualified” rating. She had no opposition, and the Senate did not even take a recorded vote. Schumer supported her.
In 2017, the Senate