On Neil Gorsuch, Ted Lieu (D-CA) Has Best Answer
Mitch McConnell of all people is trying to get on the soapbox. The Dems are being so treacherous in filibustering Neil Gorsuch. There’s just no precedent for it. He doesn’t see why the Dems should still be sore about Merrick Garland. That was based on the clear rule that you never vote on a SJC pick during an election year.
Where that law is written down he never says. He doesn’t say because it’s not. In point of fact, the Dems did give George Bush Senior a nomination his last year. McConnell also conveniently forgets that he later said that even if Hillary won he wouldn’t hold a hearing on Garland.
Lamar Alexander is also trying to play the faux outrage game.
“Filibustering to death the #Gorsuch nomination — or any presidential nomination … — flies in the face of 230 years of Senate tradition.”
— Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) March 28, 2017
John Dean helps out the Senator on his historical amnesia.
Lamar, you forgot your former boss, R. Nixon, got the GOP and Sothern Dems to filibuster the Fortas nomination to be Chief Justice in 1968! https://t.co/lSmFhq2fV9
— John Dean (@JohnWDean) March 29, 2017
But it took Ted Lieu of California to get it right.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) April 3, 2017
That’s the correct position. Until we know wether or not Trump is legitimate or not, he doesn’t get to pick a SJC who will be there the next 20-30 years. It’s that simple. And Trump can’t possibly be said to be legitimate as long as the FBI is investigating whether or not he colluded with Russian interference in our election or not.
I’m happy to be able to say that the Democrats appear to have the votes to filibuster Gorsuch. That’s the right thing to do. This idea that the Dems should hold off on filibustering him to avoid the nuclear option is worthless.
Maybe if we don’t use the filibuster now Mitch McConnell will allow us to use it next time.
“Neil Gorsuch almost certainly will end this week confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. And the Senate’s rules — indeed, the institutional character of the chamber — seem just as sure to end up severely eroded.”
“Senate Democrats are quickly closing in on the 41 votes needed to block the nomination of President Donald Trump’s first pick for the Supreme Court. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his GOP ranks aren’t backing down in the face of the filibuster threat, continuing to insist that Gorsuch will be installed as the next high court justice, whether Democrats like it or not.”
“The competing postures mean the Senate is hurtling toward the use later this week of the so-called nuclear option — changing the chamber’s rules with a simple majority so that Supreme Court filibusters can be cut off with just 51 votes, rather than the long-required 60-vote threshold.”
“Democrats say Gorsuch, who is expected to be approved by the Judiciary Committee on Monday, has only himself to blame for not earning their support.”
“When Gorsuch refused to answer the most rudimentary questions in the hearings, after there were many doubts about him to begin with … there was a seismic change in my caucus,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And it’s highly, highly unlikely that he’ll get 60.”
“As of Sunday, 37 Senate Democrats had confirmed they would vote to filibuster Gorsuch, according to a POLITICO tally. Just three Democrats — Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, all moderates up for reelection next year — have said they support the federal appellate judge from Colorado.”
“Technically, enough Democrats remain undecided to stave off a successful filibuster: Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Chris Coons of Delaware, Dianne Feinstein of California, Angus King of Maine (King is an independent who caucuses with Democrats), Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, and Mark Warner of Virginia. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) opposes Gorsuch’s confirmation but hasn’t endorsed filibustering him.”
“Still, the broad expectation on Capitol Hill is that Gorsuch will be the first Supreme Court nominee successfully filibustered since Abe Fortas for chief justice in 1968. For instance, Warner — who has expressed concerns about Gorsuch’s decisions and his conservative track record — has said he would vote the same way on cloture as he would on confirmation, leaving Gorsuch’s current path to 60 votes exceedingly narrow.”
As for the filibuster, let’s face it. You can’t save something you don’t have. If Mitch McConnell will take it away the minute the Democrats use it, then we don’t really have it. But this also means that when the Democrats get back in the WH and Senate they can get their own SJC nominees confirmed.
The filibuster perhaps worked better at at time the parties were lest partisan.
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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