I recently posted that Democrats will filibuster the stolen seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Our Trumpster blog troll, state Sen.John Kavanagh, commented “Stop dreaming. Gorsuch will be confirmed without the nuclear option.”
He is, of course, WRONG (as always).
This is now confirmed by both the New York Times, Senate Democrats Appear Poised to Filibuster Gorsuch Nomination:
Senate Democrats on Monday appeared to secure the votes necessary to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, sending the body hurtling toward a bitter partisan confrontation later this week.
With an announcement from Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing to vote on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination, Democrats found their 41st vote in support of a filibuster.
Later in the hearing, the Senate Judiciary Committee moved to approved the nomination in a party-line vote, 11 to 9, to move President Trump’s selection to the Senate floor.
If the filibuster holds, Republicans have hinted strongly that they will pursue the so-called nuclear option, changing longstanding practices to elevate Judge Gorsuch on a simple majority vote.
The nomination fight has been shadowed, in large measure, by the treatment of Judge Merrick B. Garland, whom President Barack Obama nominated in March 2016 after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia the month before. Republicans refused to even consider Judge Garland during a presidential election year.
But Democrats insist that their opposition to Judge Gorsuch stems from more than a thirst for payback. They have cited Judge Gorsuch’s record on workers’ rights and his degree of independence from Mr. Trump and conservative groups like the Federalist Society, among other concerns.
And the Washington Post, Democrats secure enough votes to block Gorsuch, setting stage for ‘nuclear option:
Senate Democrats secured enough votes Monday to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, increasing the likelihood that Republicans will enact a rules change to ensure his confirmation and pushing the battle into its climactic final act.
Four more Senate Democrats confirmed they will support a filibuster of Gorsuch’s nomination, giving the minority party the requisite 41 votes to maintain their procedural roadblock under pressure from Republicans.
Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) indicated they would vote “no” to end debate on the Senate floor and would oppose Gorsuch in a final vote.
Leahy, the Senate’s longest-serving member, criticized Gorsuch’s answers during his marathon confirmation hearing as “excruciatingly evasive.”
“I cannot recall a nominee refusing to answer such basic questions about the principles underlying our Constitution and about how he interprets those principles,” Leahy said. “These are fundamental questions that we should ask every nominee seeking a lifetime appointment to our highest court.”
“I cannot vote solely to protect an institution when the rights of hard-working Americans are at risk,” he said, “because I fear that the Senate I would be defending no longer exists.”
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Republicans have vowed to confirm Gorsuch by Friday, when a two-week recess is set to begin, meaning the process will consume the Senate’s floor schedule this week. That timeline would give the 49-year-old federal appellate judge a chance to join the high court in late April and to participate in the final cases of this year’s term, which will end in June.
[A]lthough the Republican-controlled Senate is likely to confirm him, that will happen only if the chamber’s rules are changed.
For Tea-Publicans, there are no rules or ethics on their march towards authoritarianism.
For years the GOP created a crisis in the federal courts by refusing to act on President Obama’s judicial nominations to fill vacancies in the federal courts on the theory that the federal judiciary belongs to Republicans. Tea-Publicans largely opposed Obama’s nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor (vote of 68–31) and Justice Elena Kagan (vote of 63–37.).
On the very day of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell upped the ante by announcing an unprecedented and unconstitutional judicial “blockade” – an act of war – that no nominee by President Obama would receive consideration in the Senate, let alone a confirmation vote, on the theory that the Supreme Court belongs to Republicans and they would wait for the election results in November.
If Hillary Clinton won, Tea-Publicans would continue their judicial blockade indefinitely. If Donald Trump won, they would move to fill the vacancy with someone to the right of even Justice Scalia as quickly as possible.
And now the GOP is willing to blow up the Senate in order to have their way. This is what the face of authoritarianism looks like.