I know, old news kind of, but he actually makes a good point.
I know, old news kind of, but he actually makes a good point.
“This is the latest escalation in the left’s never-ending judicial war, the most audacious yet,” Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, said after describing Democratic opposition in the past to Judge Robert H. Bork and Justice Clarence Thomas. “And it cannot and it will not stand. There cannot be two sets of standards: one for the nominees of the Democratic president and another for the nominee of a Republican president.”
But Democrats had shown no signs of forsaking their filibuster plans all week calling for Judge Gorsuch to be replaced by a compromise nominee if he could not earn 60 votes. Their stance has pleased their most progressive voters, who have preached resistance to President Trump at every opportunity, and supplied the minority party with perhaps its loudest megaphone so far under the new president.
Many Democrats remain furious over the treatment of Judge Merrick B. Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the seat left vacant with the February 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Republicans refused to even consider Judge Garland during the presidential election year, a fact Mr. McConnell has not dwelled on during public statements about the history of Republican behavior under Democratic presidents.
Some Republicans are getting cold feet. The votes aren’t quite solid enough to invoke the nuclear option to put Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. Liberals are dumping millions of dollars into convincing liberal Republicans to abandon the effort and RINOs are considering a “compromise” with the Democrats to avoid having to invoke the nuclear option.
Classic Republicans. Terrified to stand on principle.
Tomorrow, the Senate will hold a cloture vote – a vote to end debate – and if Democrats block it, Mitch McConnell has promised to proceed to a vote to change the Senate rules to bust through the Left’s filibuster. This is known as the nuclear option.
But the vote to change the Senate rules will be razor thin. If even two or three Republicans defect, Gorsuch will be blocked from the Supreme Court.
Democrats are putting millions of dollars into ads and advocacy campaigns to peel away even a couple Republicans. If they succeed, Justice Scalia’s seat will remain empty and many of the Left’s lawsuits against the Trump administration will be upheld.
Republicans must go nuclear.
Well, that’s one way to get the dems back into control in 2018. Maybe someday their balls will drop. Unfortunately, the wait is hurting our country.
You have the majority for a reason. Screw the dems, we don’t want them. Do your job!
Minds have changed, I guess. Nonsensical fake outrage will do that to you.
The March 24 broadcast of Today featured White House Correspondent Kristen Welker admitting that Gorsuch had made it through his confirmation hearing “unscathed,” but still attempted to justify Democrats’ filibuster push since they were “still angry over Republicans’ refusal to give President Obama’s Supreme Court pick, Merrick Garland, a hearing.”
Now that the evidence shows that Democrats are in political hot water over their partisan obstructionism, NBC is suddenly silent on the matter.
On Wednesday, a new Politico poll showed a plurality of voters, 44%, thought Gorsuch should be confirmed as the next Supreme Court Justice, while only 23% objected. However, as Mediaite’s Matthew Balan pointed out, Politico buried that finding in its write-up about the survey.
Senate hearings on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch ended Thursday on a confrontational note, with the body’s top Democrat vowing a filibuster that could complicate Gorsuch’s expected confirmation and ultimately upend the traditional approach to approving justices.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he will vote no on President Trump’s nominee and asked other Democrats to join him in blocking an up-or-down vote on Gorsuch.
Under Senate rules, it requires 60 votes to overcome such an obstacle. Republicans eager to confirm Gorsuch before their Easter recess — and before the court concludes hearing the current term of cases next month — have only 52 senators.
Republicans have vowed Gorsuch will be confirmed even if it means overhauling the way justices have long been approved. Traditionally, senators can force the Senate to muster a supermajority just to bring up the nomination of a Supreme Court justice. If that is reached, the confirmation requires a simple majority.
In a speech on the Senate floor, Schumer said: “If this nominee cannot earn 60 votes — a bar met by each of President Obama’s nominees and George Bush’s last two nominees — the answer isn’t to change the rules. It’s to change the nominee.”
And their only real reason is because they are ticked off that Hillary isn’t picking the Supreme Court justice. Oh, and he believes in following the Constitution as it was written. God forbid.
We’re beyond the point where these people need to grow up. Now they need to be removed. What are they going to do, obstruct for four years?
The Supreme Court has dashed Robert Menendez’ last hope to prevent the first trial of a sitting US Senator for corruption since Ted Stevens in 2008 (which was posthumously vacated). The top court refused to take the appeal of a Third District appellate ruling that refused to overturn Menendez’ April 2015 indictment on the basis of constitutional privilege under the Speech or Debate Clause. That leaves the door open to a trial in the fall, just as the three-term incumbent ramps up an expected re-election campaign in the midterms:
The Supreme Court has rejected Sen. Bob Menendez’s attempt to throw out the bribery and corruption charges against him, setting the stage for a trial for the New Jersey Democrat this fall.
With Monday’s announcement, Menendez can no longer block the proceedings against him from moving forward, a major setback for his efforts to avoid criminal trial.
The appellate court ruled that the benefits granted by Menendez to Salomon Melgen were too specific to him for a claim of privilege, Reuters recalls:
Prosecutors allege Menendez accepted campaign donations and gifts, including a stay at a Caribbean villa and private jet flights, from Melgen in exchange for interceding in various matters on his friend’s behalf, including an $8.9 million Medicare billing dispute. Menendez and Melgen have pleaded not guilty to the charges they faced in the 22-count indictment. …
Last July, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that Menendez’s actions amounted to “essentially lobbying on behalf of a particular party,” and thus outside the “safe harbor” provided in the Constitution.
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