Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has been a lion in the U. S. Senate, despite being its youngest member in his rookie year. His landslide victory over the entrenched liberal favorite Claire McCaskill was the biggest conservative win of the midterm 2018 elections. Hawley earned a coveted seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and quickly became its strongest member. Rather than rubber-stamp nominations as his colleagues had been doing, Sen. Hawley went to work.
He blocked the confirmation of a liberal nominated to the federal bench, despite intense pressure to stand down. Michael Bogren had been nominated for a lifetime position in the Western District of Michigan despite comparing religious liberty by a Catholic farmer to the views of the KKK. Other Senate Republicans seemed just fine with this nomination, even after Bogren aggressively defended his extreme view under questioning by Senator Hawley during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Hawley didn’t back down. Once he led on this, other Republicans felt compelled to follow. Bogren ultimately withdrew, letting Hawley set the precedent that similar future nominees will not be confirmed. Too many nominees by Presidents Reagan and the two Bushes sailed through the U.S. Senate despite being closet liberals.
Democratic candidates for president should take note also. When Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated for the Supreme Court despite a track record of supporting abortion and even opposing laws against statutory rape of underage girls, Republicans failed to ask her a single meaningful question and voted almost unanimously for her.
Josh Hawley also took on Big Tech when other senators were afraid to. He sponsored legislation against censorship by internet giants, which excluded or marginalized conservative speech. Hawley promoted the America First agenda of Donald Trump, while other Republican senators wasted their time and ours by talking about impeachment. In one of the finest speeches of the year, Hawley declared that we should adopt pro-America policies and reject the failed globalism approach of the past.
For candidates running in this year’s elections, take note. If you listen to the people instead of the creatures of the Swamp, you will be rewarded with the loyalty of voters who decide the real winners in American politics.