Liberals Panic as Trump Could Flip Left-Leaning Ninth Circuit

by Joel Pollak |
January 4, 2017

Liberals are panicking about the fact that President-elect Donald Trump will be able to fill four vacancies on the historically left-leaning Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals when he takes office later this month.

Outgoing Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) called the vacancies a “judicial emergency,” according to Bay Area public radio station KQED, even though there are 29 judges on the court. The “emergency” is that Trump’s nominees might be able to make the court more conservative.

The Ninth Circuit’s jurisdiction covers many West Coast states, and its decisions have often reflected the liberal political culture of California and other “left coast” outposts. Over the past several decades, the frequency with which the U.S. Supreme Court — which had a narrow 5-4 conservative majority until 2016 — reversed Ninth Circuit rulings became a recurring theme. However, the Ninth Circuit has shown flashes of independence, as in recent Second Amendment rulings.

Liberals are worried about that increasing “moderation” at the Ninth Circuit. KQED interviewed University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias, who commented: “I think even in the Obama years the court has moved to be more moderate than it used to be, so I think that with those four appointments it could make some difference and move the court further in that direction.”

13 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Jean Langford M. says:


  • justinwachin says:

    The purpose of the court system is not to serve as a Make-A-Wish operation for liberal activists. The judges need to realize that they are not the ones empowered by the Constitution to make societal change. That task is best left to the executive and legislative branches of government since those leaders have to face the voters.

    If the court system was not so dysfunctional the political ideology of an appointee would not make a difference. But, when there is a vacancy the politicians start jockeying for a nominee with their world view as a way of advancing their agenda. As a result our nation is no longer a democracy. We are increasingly becoming an oligarchy where a few people use their power to force their opinions on the rest of us through the “rule” of law.

    A good example of this is the gay marriage debate. The individual states were doing a good job of addressing this issue. Per the 10th amendment of the U.S. Constitution (a document most judges must have never read) marriage is not addressed by the Constitution thus its governance rests with the states. Gay activist judges made an exception to the standard practice of each state determining their standard of marriage by concocting a constitutional right to gay marriage and forcing their opinion on the people. Every judge who supported forcing gay marriage onto the people through the judiciary is unfit to serve in their position and should be replaced.

  • Tiger says:

    I am going to have to start working out feverishly because with everyday I get good news and gaining weight. Today Trump has been tweeting and he has been fantastic. Today I heard his Team is out at the border, they want to speak with everyone involved at the top and they want to know how many EO Obama has issued concerning Dreamers and the border so they can undo them.

    I tell ya folks it just keeps getting better and better. Go Trump. Now just heard that the showdown on O care Pence has told the m the president wants a replacement bill on hi8s desk by Feb 20th. They have all put bills on the docket that O of course paid no attention to, now they can throw them and they will stick.

    1. used_to_be_a_liberal says:

      Oh no, will this cause left-wits to jump from bridges, off cliffs, and high buildings?

      1. Tiger says:

        Oh that is wishful thinking they aren’t even leaving like they said they would and those stars have the money to leave.

        1. used_to_be_a_liberal says:

          LOL, Those “stars” have a number of mental/emotional problems to over-come. They are entertainment, they are artists, who for the most part believe that “liberal” means LIBERAL. They really know nothing apart from their trade, and talent[s] They don’t understand that they are really nothing more then a product, a commodity that has been molded, hyped, then placed on a false pedestal by the media. They are attention seekers who have a very false sense of their importance or value, which has been created for them by the media.
          For far too many years it has been “trendy” for them to take on the persona of a left-wit, besides it pays well too, and it also protects them from the likes of Black Lives Matter, the Occupy Wall Street bunch, from those who think that they are entitled to other peoples property, and from left-wit politicians.
          I would bet that at least half of them don’t believe in the act they are playing on the general public.
          The “stars” for the most part are incorporated, and capitalist all the way. So, no they are not leaving, besides to do so would not be cost effective for anyone of them. They do the left-wit thing to protect themselves from the left, as they know that they are safe with, and from those on the right.

          1. Tiger says:

            I was on the stage from age 5, acting, dancing, singing, modeling the whole enchilada left it at 21 but took my experience around the world to pay my way when following my X, he was a TACO on the P-3 Orion. I know what nuts they are. They used to say Tiger you will never make it in the Real World. Well it took some work but I made it. Just was so used to projecting my voice and swinging my arms when speaking had to learn to keep that down abit. LOLOLOL

            But I am still very animated. LOLOLOL

          2. used_to_be_a_liberal says:

            being animated is a good thing.

          3. Tiger says:

            Yeh I always have to laugh at silly signs and headlines like Live Band Playing tonight. Well a Dead Band wouldn’t be much entertainment.

          4. used_to_be_a_liberal says:


  • Ramon1710 . says:

    As I recall, the Ninth Circuit holds the record for having the most overturned verdicts. Perhaps if the leftist activist judges were replaced by people who respect the law more than their own insipid opinions, that wouldn’t be the case.

    1. used_to_be_a_liberal says:

      Yup, and what will this do to the challengers on deportation of illegal alien invaders, and just think, California’s anti-gun laws could be in jeopardy.

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