The Democrats, and Sen. Chuck Schumer in particular, have engaged in an outrageous set of practices from 1993 to 2017 that have allowed them to steal huge majorities on all the federal circuit courts of appeals. This story needs telling because Senate Republicans, while performing very admirably in replacing Justice Scalia with Justice Gorsuch, have had their pockets picked with the courts of appeals.
Federal courts of appeals decide over 60,000 cases a year while the Supreme Court decides only 80. We could have a Supreme Court of nine Justices Gorsuch and still lose 59,020 cases a year. That is a pretty bad situation for Republicans in the judiciary. Moreover, the current imbalance has occurred almost entirely because of the bad-faith dealing of Sen. Chuck Schumer, who has outwitted Republicans at every turn.
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