Can they pick a less worthy battle? This is just out of spite. https://t.co/GHCoLWtAWp
— HudsonRiverCroc (@HudsonRiverCroc) March 23, 2017
Shortly after Trump’s inauguration, Senate Democrats made a promise: They would filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court nominee — no matter who it was (unless, of course, it was Merrick Garland).
And now, it appears that in their infinite wisdom, they’ve decided to make good on that promise:
Democrats plan to filibuster nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court https://t.co/ZAPtyVG5nV
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 23, 2017
More from the Washington Post:
Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s pick to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, faced a critical blow on Thursday as Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he would join with other Democrats in attempting to filibuster the nomination — a move that could complicate his confirmation and lead to a total revamp of how the U.S. Senate conducts its business.
It is not clear that Democrats have the votes to block Gorsuch and to keep Republicans from changing the chamber’s way of doing business. But Schumer’s announcement is likely to further politicize an already divided Congress. In the last 47 years of Supreme Court nominations — spanning the appointments of the 16 most recent justices — only Alito was forced to clear the 60-vote procedural hurdle to break a filibuster.
In a Senate floor speech, Schumer said that Gorsuch “was unable to sufficiently convince me that he’d be an independent check” on Trump. He said later that the judge is “not a neutral legal mind but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology. He was groomed by the Federalist Society and has shown not one inch of difference between his views and theirs.”
Doesn’t seem like the Democrats’ petulance will prove to be a “critical blow” so much as an embarrassing exercise in futility. Chuck Schumer, who, as we mentioned, voted to confirm Gorsuch in 2006, can threaten a filibuster until he’s blue in the face; all he and the Democrats will succeed in doing is making fools of themselves.
Then the Democrats are now the authors of their own destruction. https://t.co/7EPg1P96yr
— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) March 23, 2017
— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) March 23, 2017
@washingtonpost this is not a smart strategy
— StillReppinNOLA (@StillReppinNOLA) March 23, 2017
@EsotericCD who is gonna tell them how weak their hand is here?
— Kevin Tierney (@CatholicSmark) March 23, 2017
Please do. Then the GOP will use the nuclear option, and any other Supreme Court openings can result in nominees to the right of Scalia. https://t.co/dGdpHdK5Pp
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) March 23, 2017
@washingtonpost Foolish chess play. Repubs will go nuclear then then do whatever they want. Think!
— Sal Bucciarelli (@buccisilvio) March 23, 2017
Underrated aspect of how dumb this is: forcing a cloture vote will be a lose-lose for multiple Dems who've already backed a floor vote. https://t.co/4L0rBkq5CC
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) March 23, 2017
— Alo Konsen (@OhioCoastie) March 23, 2017
Enjoy your delusions of grandeur while you can, Dems. You’re in for a very rude awakening.
@washingtonpost This merely delays the inevitable.
— Piscesman♓ (@Omegaseth24) March 23, 2017
@DavidAFrench Prediction: He will be confirmed.
— cobracommander15 (@cobracommandr15) March 23, 2017