People Go NUCLEAR for Gorsuch
Lily Mackay, Managing Editor/Senior Media & Communications Editor
Gorusch-bae (visit our Twitter for that hashtag. You’re welcome.) is just so popular that GOP Republicans went nuclear for him. Literally. Today, the Senate Republicans invoked the “nuclear” option to smash through the Democratic filibuster wall that attempted to block Gorsuch from being confirmed. There are a lot of theories about why the Democrats were filibustering: most of which include the idea that it was a bitter response to the Republicans refusing to vote on Merrick Garland. We will ignore that for the present, and instead focus on what that means for the vote on the confirmation for Judge Neil Gorsuch tomorrow.
- This is new. Both parties have threatened to “go nuclear” before, which means change the vote from needing 60 for him to be confirmed to only needing a simple majority of 51. Seem like a small difference? Perhaps, but it also changes precedent, which is always startling.
- People (aka Democrats aka Chuck Schumer) are slightly less than thrilled about it. Which is interesting, because in 2013, Harry Reid took the first step to invoking the nuclear option and not only lowered the threshold for some nominees but also removed the filibuster option, which was a controversial, but Democratically supported, move then.
- This option works for us now, but may come back to bite us later. Depending on future presidents, a SCOTUS nominee may be less than popular, but still be able to get through even if the majority party in the Senate is not the same in the House or the Presidency. There’s a pro and a con to every situation.
- Chuck Schumer, in his typically dramatic fashion, declared that there would be “less faith in the Supreme Court” going forward. I suppose that remains to be seen.
- The Senate voted 55-45 today to end the debate about the confirmation and actually set the vote, which is currently expected to be at 11:30ET tomorrow morning.
So after Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer locked horns for the 5 billionth time, the Republicans continued down the road Harry Reid paved for them. While this seems to be a good temporary solution, is this something that is going to come back to bite us later? Along the line of executive orders, it’s easy to like something that gives the person you like more power, the problem that then follows is when the person is in power that you may not like, they have all the power you willingly provided to the person you liked. So it begs the question: are you willing to compromise the next generation for a quick fix?
In the meantime, however, let’s just be glad that Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed, as we have high hopes that he will be an excellent Supreme Court Justice. As always, follow our social media, and we will keep you updated on the situation as it happens.
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