(NationalSentinel) Like petulant children, the angry Left wing Senate leadership of the Democratic Party, fast becoming known as the Party of Anarchy, is refusing to even sit down and talk with President Donald J. Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
In what many see as a deliberate snub to the Senate Republican majority for its refusal to even hold hearings for former President Obama’s SCOTUS nominee to fill the seat left vacant by the untimely death of Justice Antonin Scalia, The Daily Caller reported that the White House requested that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., meet with Gorsuch.
“By refusing to meet with Judge Gorsuch, Senate Democratic leadership is taking Washington gridlock and obstruction to a new low and placing Senators McCaskill, Donnelly, Heitkamp, Tester, and other Democrats up for reelection in 2018 on the endangered politicians list,” Carrie Severino, chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network, said in a statement.
“A bipartisan chorus of support has emerged for Judge Gorsuch, a man of extraordinary legal credentials and qualifications, including from President Obama’s former Solicitor General, Neal Katyal,” Severino continued. “This bipartisan support has put Democratic Senators in a state of confusion and disarray, caught today trying to deceive their constituents about a 60-vote standard that the Washington Post gave two Pinocchios. Senators McCaskill, Donnelly, Heitkamp and Tester represent states that President Trump won by significant margins and these Senators are signing up for a Democratic leadership obstructionist scheme that will lead them to defeat in 2018.”
But coming on a day when some key Democratic senators from conservative states signaled openness to voting for Gorsuch, Trump’s words threw a divisive wrench into efforts to improve bipartisan relations, which have sunk to historically low levels in Congress. His comments echoed previous remarks nudging McConnell to abandon long-standing Senate rules that the Republican leader does not take lightly.
Trump’s “divisive” words? Recommending that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “go nuclear” – meaning, bypassing current Senate rules and allowing Gorsuch to be confirmed on a simple majority vote, rather than the current 60-vote standard.
Why did Trump suggest it? Because, as we reported:
There is no comity between the two parties any longer in today’s hyper-partisan environment. And while the angry Left will blame that conservatives, the fact is that this partisanship grew mightily under former President Obama, who on more than a few occasions make clear his disdain for the GOP and his intention to work around the Republican-controlled Congress during his last years in office.
The Post also mentioned today’s “hyper-partisan” environment in Congress, but of course never pinned any of the blame for that on Obama and Democrats led by the always-divisive Harry Reid, now retired.
Severino is right, however: There are a number of Democratic senators from conservative states up for reelection in 2018. Schumer and Senate Democrat leaders may well be overplaying their hands if they continue to stall this eminently qualified jurist.