McConnell, Eyeing Legacy, Turns Senate Into Machine for Conservative Judges

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The fast pace of judicial confirmations has framed a lasting legacy for the 77-year-old McConnell and won him plaudits from conservative groups, even as legislative gridlock and his hard-line tactics have helped tank his national approval rating in advance of a 2020 re-election bid. The majority leader proudly calls himself the “grim reaper” for Democratic proposals.

Liberal groups say the shift brings judges to the courts who are more likely to roll back women’s rights, including abortion, as well as civil rights, voting rights and consumer protections.

“They’re stacking the courts with individuals who will rule with them in lockstep on their agenda,” said Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice, a progressive group that advocates on justice issues.

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