Mitch McConnell’s Faux Indignation Over Gorsuch
I would assume it’s faux indignation unless he really is this lacking in irony. Evidently he is:
“If Neil Gorsuch can’t get 60 votes in today’s Senate, perhaps no Republican Supreme Court nominee can, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.”
“I haven’t seen a single Democrat … indicate they were prepared to either for cloture or to vote for him,” McConnell told reporters. “If Judge Gorsuch can’t achieve 60 votes in the Senate, could any judge appointed by a Republican president be approved with 60 or more votes in the Senate?”
“The Kentucky Republican’s comments underscore just how popular Gorsuch is among Republicans amid an otherwise shaky first two months under Donald Trump’s White House. But they also expose a potentially troubling problem for the GOP: No Democrats have announced support for Gorsuch, and he needs at least eight Democratic votes.”
“If they don’t find Gorsuch acceptable, are they taking the position that the vacancy should never be filled at all? Last year they were complaining about there being a vacancy for roughly a year,” McConnell said, referring to Democratic outrage over the majority leader’s decision to ignore Merrick Garland’s nomination.”
Talk about lack of irony. At this point in time, McConnell is right: no Republican chosen judge is acceptable-and none should be approved.
1. McConnell chooses to forget the treatment of Merrick Garland which seemed to show that no judge chosen by a Democratic President could even get a hearing with a GOP President. But surely, McConnell seems to expect, the Dems won’t have any hard feelings about that.
During the campaign McConnell himself had suggested that if Hillary won-you know if Comey hadn’t robbed her-a GOP Senate would never approve any nominee she put forward. What’s good for the goose…
2. Beyond that Trump is being investigated by the FBI for possible collusion with Russia’s subversion of our election. As Chuck Schumer argued, that ought to put the Gorsuch nomination on the table at least for now.
“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for a delay of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation Tuesday given the ongoing FBI investigation into potential collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.”
“You can bet, if the shoe were on the other foot and a Democratic president was under investigation by the FBI, the Republicans would be howling at the moon about filling a Supreme Court seat in such circumstances,” Schumer said on the floor.
“His call was later echoed by Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who tweeted that FBI Director James Comey “testified @realDonaldTrump’s campaign is under investigation for collusion with Russia. Lifetime court appointments can wait.”
If Obama couldn’t get a pick confirmed because it was the fourth year of his term then how does a President who may not even be legitimate get to appoint someone to the bench who will be there for the next 50 years?
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