Joan Larsen’s nomination to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals was seen as a test of how far into indefensible territory Democrats would take their resistance to President Donald Trump.
The answer: Not so far as to deny an excellent jurist a position she is more than qualified to fill.
Michigan Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, after weeks of inaction, last Friday gave the go-ahead for the U.S. to hold hearings on Larsen’s appointment. Under Senate rules, a home state senator can block a judicial nominee.
Stabenow and Peters chose not to derail Larsen, a Michigan State Supreme court justice appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2015 and overwhelmingly elected to the court last fall.
Larsen was endorsed by legal groups from across the philosophical spectrum. She is considered a thoughtful justice who holds close to the intent of the law.
The two senators had been under pressure from the left to say no to Larsen, simply because she is a conservative nominated by Trump. They were accused of “caving” to powerful interests by one liberal group after they gave the go-ahead.
To their credit, they ignored all that and did the right thing for Michigan. Larsen will be an able appeals court judge. Peters, Stabenow and the rest of the Senate should now send her on her way to Cincinnati.