Despite overwhelming support for Neil Gorsuch when he was a George W. Bush appointee, with not a single Democrat opposing him (meaning Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Harry Reid voted for his confirmation), Senate Democrats are now bent on preventing his confirmation.
What’s with the stand against Gorsuch all of a sudden? The sole fact that he’s a Trump Supreme Court pick, of course. Never mind the fact that the American Bar Association gave Gorsuch the highest possible rating for SCOTUS, Senate Democrats are really taking a stand against Trump. Trump could’ve appointed a liberal and he’d face opposition for the sole reason that he was responsible for nominating them.
And because of the pointless obstruction, Fox News reported that Senate Republicans deployed the so-called “nuclear option” in a bid to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, moving to overcome a Democratic filibuster.
The Senate initially voted 55-45 on a motion to end debate on Gorsuch, with four Democrats breaking ranks; it needed 60 to succeed. Known as a filibuster, this vote triggered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to go “nuclear.”
This means he is trying to change Senate precedent so that the Senate can move to a final roll call with just a simple majority of 51 votes, as opposed to 60. If he succeeds, a final confirmation vote would be held Friday.
The dramatic and fast-paced chain of events is poised to significantly change the way the Senate does business. Each party blames the other for the escalation and the breakdown in the Senate’s parliamentary decorum, and the impact could be felt for years, if not decades, to come.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, kicking off Thursday’s session, blasted Democrats for the filibuster attempt and accused them of driving the upper chamber to this point. He said their opposition to Gorsuch isn’t about the nominee but “the man who nominated him” – and part of an “extreme escalation in the left’s never-ending drive to politicize the courts and the confirmation process.”
Chuck Schumer, who voted for Gorsuch when he was a Bush appointee, said that “the answer is not to change the rules, it’s to change the nominee,” and that there will be “less faith in the Supreme Court” going forward.
He has himself to blame for that.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]