With the use of the so-called “nuclear option,” the Senate voted to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Friday 54-45. With all but three Democrats locked in opposition to Gorsuch, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had no choice but to lower the threshold from 60 votes to a simple majority-rules vote.
“He’s going to make the American people proud,” McConnell said of the newest addition to the Supreme Court.
Conservatives are cheering, and they have every reason to be excited. Gorsuch was an outstanding choice to replace the late Antonin Scalia, and he shares many of Scalia’s views when it comes to the Constitution and how it should be interpreted. Furthermore, he was perfectly within “mainstream” boundaries and he should have been an easy, bipartisan vote.
That didn’t happen, of course, and Democrats have a bunch of reasons for why that is. They say he didn’t answer their questions fully enough. They accuse him of showing too much favoritism to big business. They have called him a plagiarist and they have called him a conservative extremist. All this to justify a filibuster for which there was no justification.
So why did they try to block Gorsuch? Two reasons: One, they wanted revenge for Merrick Garland, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee who did not get a hearing. Two, they wanted to pander to their base and show their voters that they were standing up to President Trump.
For that, they were willing to essentially break the Senate and force Republicans to change the rules.
And still, they think they can lay the blame on the GOP.
“Damage was done to our democracy,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut. “Raw political power has been exercised to break the rules and norms of this body.”
Give it a rest because no one’s buying it. Why was it okay for Democrats to use the nuclear option for Obama’s federal judges but not okay for Republicans to use it now? There’s no answer, so don’t bother looking for one. This is all political noisemaking, nothing more.
Sen. John McCain, who was reluctant to break the filibuster, said Friday that Democrats had no reasonable excuse for blocking Gorsuch’s confirmation.
“Rarely has this body seen a nominee to the Supreme Court so well-qualified, so skilled, such command of constitutional jurisprudence, with such an established record of independence and such judicial temperament,” McCain said.
And of course, that’s the biggest reason that Democrats were hoping to block him from the court. They want the Supreme Court to reflect their political ideology, which is: The Constitution can say whatever we want it to say, depending on what we’re trying to do to America!
Gorsuch is a sandbag against their tsunami of liberalism. Let’s hope he has a seat on the court for decades to come.