A Question for Kirsten Gillibrand: What’s the Use of a Filibuster You Can Never Use?
It’s very early to be talking about 2020-Dems need to win in 2018 first. We need a Democratic Congress as a check on Trump’s abuse of power and Paul Ryan’s designs to take our healthcare.
If Ryan hates government healthcare so much he should get rid of his own as should all GOPers in Congress.
We especially need a Dem Congress to really get to the bottom of Trump-Russia coordination in subverting our election.
However, to the extent you want to talk about 2020, Ms. Gillibrand has impressed me the most. Mainly because she’s been the one with the most anti Trump voting record in the early going. Also because many of us are heartbroken for what they did to Hillary and the desire for a strong female President has not died but only grown stronger.
If not Hillary let’s have the woman who filled her NY Senate seat.
Gillibrand is also very good at meeting with her constituents-I plan to call her to set up a meeting soon.
One thing I may discuss with her is this. I’m not happy to hear her throw in the towel in resisting Gorsuch.
One way or another, Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed to the Supreme Court, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand predicted on Tuesday evening.
“The New York Democrat said either Gorsuch will garner 60 votes or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will rewrite the Senate rules to allow Gorsuch to be confirmed by a simple majority. It’s a rare concession that Republicans will win what’s shaping up to be a vicious fight between a Democratic base urging party leaders to fight President Donald Trump’s pick and Republicans who have said they will confirm Gorsuch by any means necessary.”
“While Gillibrand urged her colleagues to “vote their conscience” on Gorsuch during an interview with New York news channel NY1, she said that regardless of Democratic tactics, “ultimately, yeah I believe he will be” approved.”
The senator said she opposes his nomination “because he is so ultra-right-wing conservative.”
“I hope we do vote him down. But make no mistake: If we do hold the line with 60 votes, Mitch McConnell will change the rules the next day,” Gillibrand said. “I do not have any hope that he won’t change the rules the minute he doesn’t get his way. So it likely will be 51 votes, regardless, at any given time that a nominee is blocked.”
I don’t doubt she’s likely right. That whatever the means they’ll install Gorsuch. I’ve actually heard some argue that McConnell is an institutionalist who is not eager to end the filibuster as he gets it’s a double edged sword. Once they do away with it, then the next Democratic Senate will also be similarly empowered.
If not for the filibuster, Mitch McConnell would not have been able to achieve all his obstruction during the Obama years.
But even if McConnell is totally ready, willing, and able to end the filibuster, so what? If the only way to preserve it is to never use it then it’s already gone? If McConnell won’t allow a filibuster here he won’t allow it anywhere. So you might as well use it.
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