The septuagenarian Ninja Turtle, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is paving the way for the Senate showdown over Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination to come to a head on Thursday. McConnell tees up Thursday Supreme Court showdown:
The Republican leader filed cloture on President Trump’s pick Tuesday evening, setting up an initial vote for Thursday.
McConnell urged Democrats earlier Tuesday to back down from their filibuster threat, saying they could still “do the right thing.”
“History will be watching,” he said from the Senate floor. “And the future of the Senate will hang on their choice.”
Wow. This is exactly the same thing as the serial killer who blames the cops for his murders, “stop me before I kill again!”
This is the man who engaged in total obstruction against President Obama, abusing the Senate filibuster rules. McConnell unleashed nearly 500 filibusters and spent years preventing Republicans from working with Democrats, regardless of the substance of a given issue, in pursuit of his goal of denying President Obama a second term. When four seats opened up on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, McConnell said that the court was too large and the seats should not be filled. He convinced his GOP caucus to filibuster any and all nominees to serve on the nation’s second most important court, in perpetuity and without any regard for the qualifications of individual candidates. He did the same with other vacancies in the federal courts, creating a judicial crisis in backlogged cases. Within hours after Justice Antonin Scalia died, McConnell announced that no nominee from President Obama would receive consideration in the Senate, let alone a confirmation hearing and vote. Mitch McConnell is the villain here.
Gorsuch is expected to fall short of the 60 votes needed to overcome Thursday’s procedural hurdle.
Only four Democrats have said they will support Gorsuch on the initial step, but he needs eight total to get 60 votes.
Top Democrats signaled on Tuesday that Republicans, not their own caucus, need to back down and put forward another Supreme Court nominee who can garner more support from Democrats.
“No one is making our Republican colleagues change the rules,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. “No one is forcing Sen. McConnell to change the rules. He’s doing it at his own volition.”
Republicans appear resigned to needing to go “nuclear” to allow Gorsuch and future nominees to get approved to the Supreme Court by a simple majority.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned that it’s a “slippery slope” to nixing the filibuster altogether.
McCain said last week that he was talking with senators in both parties to try to avoid using the “nuclear option” to change the rules. But he poured cold water on chances of a last-minute deal on Tuesday, saying “we were trying to get eight [senators] and we didn’t succeed.”
McCain had more than that to say. ‘A Stupid Idiot.’ John McCain Doesn’t Think Much of the Nuclear Option:
“After 200 years — at least 100 years — of this tradition where the Senate has functioned pretty well, they think it would be a good idea to blow it up,” McCain told reporters Tuesday in remarks reported by NBC News.
“Idiot — no, whoever said that is a stupid idiot,” McCain added.
Well, Johnny, if the filibuster is so damn sacred to you, how do you intend to vote on changing the Senate filibuster rules? Are you going to oppose that “stupid idiot” Mitch McConnell who thinks it’s a good idea? And are you going to convince your GOP colleagues not to vote in favor of blowing up the Senate filibuster rules?
Or will you do what you always do, call everyone a “stupid idiot” for doing something that you don’t agree with but nevertheless go along and vote in lockstep with your GOP caucus out of party loyalty?
UPDATE: Called it. McCain Says GOP Will Regret ‘Nuclear Option,’ Backs It Anyway. McCain gave a Senate floor speech today in which he said “We are in a terrible place. My colleagues should understand that this is a historic moment if we move forward with it,” McCain said before announcing his intentions to help them move forward.
I guess that makes him a “stupid idiot” by McCain’s own standard.