The election of President Trump was truly a game-changing event.
Not only have the legislative priorities changed dramatically from what we experienced under Obama, but so has everything else from foreign policy, to domestic policy, to judicial appointments.
When it comes to judicial appointments, President Trump has the opportunity to make changes that last for decades (these are lifetime appointments, remember).
As such, his election was a disaster for the liberals since it meant that Hillary’s parade of progressive, leftist judicial nominees will never get off the starting line.
The most the Democrats will be able to do is delay and obstruct Trump nominees…but Republicans are having none of that. Senator Ted Cruz has already gone off on the slow-moving leftists, and now all of Capitol Hill is ready to move.
Judge Neil Gorsuch WILL be approved.
The Senate filibuster rule that essentially requires 60 votes to pass a bill or a presidential nomination is part of a long-standing tradition of the Senate being more of a “deliberative” body that takes its time in deciding issues.
The odd thing is that the rule requiring 60 votes to end debate and send an issue to the floor for a vote can be changed by a simple majority. This is what is called the “nuclear” option. It may be about to be used.
Via Fox News:
“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., both called Tuesday for a postponement on any vote to confirm Gorsuch to the nation’s highest court.
‘It is unseemly to be moving forward so fast on confirming a Supreme Court justice with a lifetime appointment while this big gray cloud of an FBI investigation hangs over the presidency,’ Schumer said.”
That comment is rather amusing, considering such reasoning would have precluded Bill Clinton from making any judicial appointments during his eight years in the White House…you know, except during those rare slivers of time between investigations of corruption.
Yet Gorsuch is going to get approved one way or another.
“That’s where the so-called ‘nuclear option’ comes in.
If majority Republicans change the threshold, Gorsuch could be approved a simple majority of 51 votes.
The nuclear option was first used by Democrats for circuit court judicial appointments in 2013 and top Republicans – including President Trump – have indicated for weeks it’s a serious option in order to get Gorsuch on the court.
‘If we end up with that gridlock, I would say, “If you can, Mitch, go nuclear,”‘ Trump said Feb. 1.”
After all, Gorsuch is eminently qualified and the Democrats were the first to use the tool for lower court appointments, so it just boils down to whether the Democrats want to force the issue or not. In other words, all of this is political theater as the Supreme Court awaits its newest member.
We are really tired of Democrats waging an unnecessary war against Trump and his administration. Get over it, liberals. You lost.
And guess what? There ain’t nothing you can do about it.