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Thu Mar 23, 2017, 10:36 AM

**Schumer: Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch nomination**

I never thought I would see the day.

Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s pick to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, faced a critical blow on Thursday as Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he would join with other Democrats in filibustering the nomination — a move that could complicate his confirmation and lead to a total revamp of how the U.S. Senate conducts its business.

“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,” he said.

In a Senate floor speech, Schumer said that Gorsuch “was unable to sufficiently convince me that he’d be an independent check” on Trump. He said later that the judge is “not a neutral legal mind but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology. He was groomed by the Federalist Society and has shown not one inch of difference between his views and theirs.”


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Idoru Mar 2017 OP
Moostache Mar 2017 #1
MichMan Mar 2017 #2
lostnfound Mar 2017 #3

Response to Idoru (Original post)

Thu Mar 23, 2017, 10:49 AM

1. Here's a radical idea...vote on Garland first...

Confirm Garland and allow Gorsuch to be renominated to the next opening as a compromise. Then the balance of the court is maintained, the seat from Scalia is not stolen and the court can begin to appear less hyper-partisan.

The goddamn justices themselves should unite to make this proposition and bring some kind of sanity back to the nomination process. Let's be honest...if this is allowed to happen and Gorsuch is seated under these conditions, then the future of the court is no longer a non-partisan body...it is a full-on political appointment and the impartiality of the SCOTUS is lost.

This is NOT just about Gorsuch....it is about the abrogation of the process by McConnell and his goons and the politicization of the SCOTUS to levels that dammage the integrity of the institution itself.

Many have suggested that fighting hard on Gorsuch is pouting, temper-tantrums or futile...fighting on Gorsuch and restoring the sanity to the nomination process is as patriotic and important an act as can possibly be done right now.

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Response to Moostache (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 23, 2017, 11:19 AM

2. How would Garland get 60 votes?

I don't see any way that Garland gets nominated.

In order for that to happen, you would have to believe that after Gorsuch is filibustered, enough Republicans would then vote with Democrats to get 60 votes for Garland.

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Response to MichMan (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 23, 2017, 12:55 PM

3. Garland is a Republican.

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