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Gorsuch wins Senate panel approval but confirmation looks to go ‘nuclear’

Goodbye, filibuster, we never needed ye

(NationalSentinelSCOTUS: Former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., was warned by some of his Democratic colleagues not to invoke the “nuclear option” in getting President Obama’s far-Left nominees to the federal bench confirmed on a simple majority vote.

He didn’t listen because he, like Obama, is a Left-wing hack partisan.

But his disregard for long-standing Senate filibuster rules appears set to come back and haunt him. Well, not him personally, since he’s retired now. But his party, for certain.

As reported by Fox News, President Donald J. Trump’s first SCOTUS nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee for a vote in the Senate, but too many Democrats have vowed to filibuster his nomination.

This week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. vowed that Gorsuch would be confirmed by Friday.

Something is going to have to give, and we’re betting it won’t be Democrats:

The chamber’s Democratic leaders appear ready to try to hold up the nomination through what’s known as a filibuster. Republicans have 52 senators and would need the support of eight Democrats to reach the 60 votes necessary to overcome a filibuster and head to a final vote. 

That appears out of reach. Prior to the committee vote, more than 40 Democrats said they were willing to block the Gorsuch nomination — increasing the likelihood that majority Republicans would use the so-called “nuclear option” to push the nomination through.

Why would Democrats do this after Republicans helped seat two of Obama’s SCOTUS picks? Because Republicans wouldn’t help him seat a third pick:

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee’s top Democrat, returned to her party’s repeated argument that Judge Merrick Garland, former-President Barack Obama’s nominee, should have been considered for the Scalia seat, but leaders of the Republican-controlled Senate held off until after the 2016 presidential election.

Oh, and Gorsuch, say Democrats, too often sided “against the little guy” – though “the little guy” was always on the wrong side of the law, as written. 

It doesn’t really matter if Gorsuch is “mainstream” enough or qualified enough, the Democrats were always going to find a reason to filibuster him. But Republicans keep winning elections and Republican voters have a right to expect their president’s nominee to be seated.

To heck with the filibuster. It’s an old, arcane rule anyway that is not required by the Constitution, but was supposed to ensure that the minority party had ‘a voice’ in governing. And yet, when the minority exists simply to oppose, there is no reason to reward their bad behavior.

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