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Dems Pushing McConnell to “Go Nuclear” for Gorsuch

A few years ago, Harry Reid eliminated the need for 60 votes for all appointment except for the Supreme Court. If the Democrats decide to force the 60 vote threshold by staging a filibuster, McConnell will change the rule to allow an up or down vote, guaranteed. Gorsuch is going on the Supreme Court.

Senate Democrats are beginning to line up against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, increasing the chances the Senate will enact a “nuclear option” that would thwart the minority filibuster for high court picks, the Washington Examiner reported.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the minority leader, announced he would vote against Gorsuch, an expected move, but one that could set the tone for rank-and-file Democrats on the fence about his nomination.

Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Tom Carper, D-Del., also announced opposition to Gorsuch, and the list is likely to grow significantly.

At least eight Democrats are needed to end a filibuster party lawmakers have announced against Gorsuch, who is now serving as a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

So far, not one Senate Democrat has pledged to vote in favor of him, although some red-state Democrats up for re-election in 2018 may have a difficult time rejecting him.

15 Responses to Dems Pushing McConnell to “Go Nuclear” for Gorsuch

  1. Stupid. They all — R & D — were 100% for Gorsuch as Federal Appeals Judge.

    I am sick to death of this BS. McConnell should either lead or get out of the way. Of course, after the non repeal of Obamacare, pretty much the entire Congress is the same as the Obama Congress. I expect nothing but more of the same, bowing and scraping to the Democrats.

    • Agree. The Congress and its leadership, government institutions, and politicians of all stripes are living in a bureaucratic construction of self serving agendas, power grabs and mind-numbing rhetoric designed to throw us and the proper function of our government off track.

      Their living in a maze……like this:

      Little wonder they are despised.

          • My margins are narrow. So I will keep it short.

            When you all are grammatically correct please explain the : I am going “to get me” a book, sweater, piece of pie. Whatever. My SO uses it all the time. Drives me crazy. I think it is more regional than anything. He is from East Tn. and works hard to stop doing it.

            We all have something.

          • GRACECP — It’s just country talk. I’m going to get me some pie. Emphasizes the obtaining through one’s efforts for oneself, the decisiveness of the declaration. I’M going to GET ME some pie. It’s like the use of the word “up” in “We finished it up.” Up emphasizes completely, no more to be had. These things are emphasis colorings.

        • I knew you know that. Sometimes it’s ‘spell-complete’ trying to be meaningful and we don’t notice till a second read through.

          • ZD, I checked the writing center at Wisconsin and it looks very interesting. Bookmarked it. Funny thing–I signed up for a course using the book ‘Eats, Shoots & Leaves” which starts tomorrow. It’s all about punctuation and I think there’s some grammar thrown in. Just to keep me olde (sic) brain functioning. One of my sisters (I have 5 sisters…..HELP!!! ;+}) keeps asking me to write the “family history”, since I seem to be the keeper of family memories and anecdotes. So I thought the course would be useful to get me started writing the history. It’s offered through the U of Maine through what they call Senior College. I try to take a course or two each semester and have found it great fun. Only costs $25 a course and you get to meet interesting people. No credit, though. Don’t need academic credits at this point in life. Nothing as exciting as a bunch of old farts arguing about the proper use of commas and apostrophes to get your blood going, eh? ;+}.

    • There will be 3-4 SCJs appointed during Trumps’s first term. Gorsuch is only the first. Ginsburg will soon be 84 and has survived cancer twice. Tough old bird, but she falls asleep during session. Kennedy is 80 and would like to retire this summer. Breyer is 78. While they all appear relatively healthy, age also has consequences.