Neil Gorsuch Headed for a Filibuster; Hello Nuclear Option?
Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer says the Dems will filibuster Gorsuch. Good. I’m glad to hear that. Last week we heard there were some Dems-Manchin, etc-who wanted to let Gorsuch have safe passage, if the GOP promises to allow Dems to use the filibuster for Trump’s next SJC pick.
Wish I was kidding. There’s no value in preserving a filibuster you aren’t allowed to use. Now the Dems are throwing caution to the wind. It may mean the GOP goes nuclear. So be it. This just means when the Dems get the WH and Senate in the future, they won’t have this problem either.
“Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, may fall short of the votes needed for smooth passage in the Senate next week, potentially dashing Republican hopes for an easy victory after the stinging defeat of the American Health Care Act last week.”
“Gorsuch needs 60 votes to clear a procedural hurdle required of high-court confirmations in the Senate, but Republicans, who hold just 52 seats, may not have the votes in a chamber that is divided deeply along partisan lines.”
“Republicans do, however, have the votes to choose the “nuclear” option — to change the rules and allow Gorsuch’s confirmation (and others after it) to proceed on a simple majority vote. That would upend a longstanding Senate tradition that forces the governing party to seek bipartisan support.”
“I think this is tragic,”said Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he doubts that Gorsuch will be able to get the 60 votes needed to end a filibuster threatened by some Democrats — but who also believes Republicans will most certainly choose to end the practice.
“With relations between Democrats and Republicans already strained, the brewing fight over Gorsuch’s confirmation and how it could change the way the Senate does business is likely to make the partisan rancor even more intense in the coming days. While republicans need at least eight Democrats to join with them to block a filibuster, no Democratic senator has announced plans to back Gorsuch.”
“Coons’s prediction came after recent consultations with senators in both parties about brokering an agreement that would lead to Gorsuch’s confirmation without upending current Senate traditions, according to multiple senators and aides familiar with his negotiations.”
Dems know what their voters want:
“At a town hall meeting Sunday afternoon in Rhode Island, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) was welcomed with a standing ovation for his role in the Gorsuch hearings as a member of the judiciary panel.”
“The senator explained that Gorsuch had failed to win over any Democrats with evasive answers on issues such as campaign finance and gerrymandering. One constituent, holding a sign showing her support for Merrick Garland — former president Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, who was blocked by Republicans last year — asked whether Republicans would really blow up the filibuster to get Gorsuch through.”
“They can, but by all rights, 60 votes ought to be the standard,” Whitehouse said. “When he doesn’t get 60 votes, that’s going to give Mitch McConnell a tough choice. He’ll have to either change the candidate or change the rules. And it’s not going to be easy for him to change the rules, because a lot of people in his caucus will push back. We have to have the vote, show this guy can’t get 60, and see where it goes from there. In the crucible of the Senate, sometimes good things can emerge.”
It’s always been a 60 vote standard before as Schumer says. If Gorsuch can’t get 60 votes, find someone who can.
To be sure, the only person who fits that bill is Merrick Garland.
Truth is, after what they did to Garland and then these questions about Trump and Russia, Trump shouldn’t be able to have a SJC at least until we have answers over Russia’s interference.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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