obama-mcconnellBarack Obama has vowed to spend his final year in office taking “audacious executive action” to impose the most radical tenet of his agenda.

And he may have a powerful ally in that fight — the Republican Senate.

Obama’s power-grabs will be challenged in court, so Obama is stacking the federal judiciary with liberal activists.

And the Republican-controlled Senate is playing along.

CQ Roll Call reported on how GOP leaders saved the nomination of outspoken liberal Wilhelmina Wright:

The Republican-controlled chamber eventually did confirm Judge Wilhelmina Wright to be a U.S. District Judge in Minnesota Tuesday.  The 58-36 vote belied tension on the floor as “no” votes piled up from GOP leaders and the rank-and-file, amid Heritage Action for America’s announcement it would hold Senators accountable if they voted for her…

…On Tuesday evening, the vote stalled at 39 “yeses” as Senators straggled in.  Senator Amy Klobuchar, (D-MN), who had spoken to a nearly empty chamber in support of Wright that afternoon, started circulating around the GOP side of the aisle…

Klobuchar started to look worried.

She huddled with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-KY), who nodded, got the attention of the clerk, and changed his vote from “no” to “yes.”  More Republican “yes” votes streamed in.

Now, conservative activists are worried.

Heritage Action has announced they will inform conservative voters of Senators’ votes on the nomination of liberal New Jersey lawyer John Michael Vazquez to the federal bench.

“Our system of government requires each branch to jealously guard its prerogatives, and President Obama routinely tramples over the legislature’s prerogatives,” Heritage Action wrote.  “Senators should not stand idly by for the next 12 months.  Moving forward, Heritage Action will continue to oppose all judicial nominees and reserve the right to key votes against any and all judicial nominees retroactively.”

“Vazquez was recommended for nomination by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ),” Heritage notes.  “Few would be surprised to learn he donated thousands of dollars to both Menendez and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), but even fewer would contend Mr.Vazquez would lift a finger to rein in this president’s executive overreach.”

The vote is scheduled for Wednesday night.