Trump’s administration has been anything but traditional and some suggest his judicial appointment process may likewise eschew tradition. But is the U.S. Senate likely to surrender either its constitutional “advice and consent” or its senatorial courtesies on judicial appointments to Trump? No. Neither will Cochran and fellow Mississippi GOP U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker.
Clearly, there will be many Mississippi Trump supporters who believe they will exert great influence over who get the judicial nomination. But history suggests we can expect Jolly’s successor, as was Jolly in 1982, to be an appointee approved by Cochran.