It looks like Democrats are going to filibuster SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch and force Mitch McConnell to change the Senate rules so that a simple majority can confirm SCOTUS justices now and in the future.
While I don't agree with judge Gorsuch on a lot of issues nor do I care for his opinions and I hate what the GOP did to Merrick Garland and believe that there should be some kind of retribution for that decision, I don't believe the Democrats should filibuster Gorsuch.
First, he's not just a qualified nominee, but a highly qualified one. His nomination, despite what I think of him, has probably been the best decision of Trump's presidency so far. He seems to be a decent man and an excellent judge. Further, given that Trump could have nominated a number of far right-wing people, Gorsuch is actually something of a surprise. I suspect that if the filibuster is successful, the next nominee will be much more radical. Plus, it furthers the precedent that any reason is a good reason to oppose a SCOTUS nominee and that shouldn't be.
I generally agree, after all Obama got Kagan and Sotomayer sp. confirmed. I am still PO ed by the way the GOP obstructed Obama's rightful prerogative to replace Scalia last year. But the show must go on, if the man is otherwise qualified, Gorsuch should be considered.
BUT: Without the GOP generally agreeing to accommodate Dems much more, greater cooperation cannot be expected as forthcoming.
If Republicans are willing to compromise on issues such as health insurance, then the Democrats should compromise on Supreme Court appointments.
If the GOP refuses to compromise on anything, then yes, the Dems should filibuster.
As a country, we need both parties to work together in order to solve our problems. But it takes both parties and not just one.
Seems to me the Republicans have already compromised on health care - we don't have a new Republican plan, after all. Or does "compromise" just mean "Do everything my way, as I want it to be"?
This whole filibuster thing is indicative of where our politics is going. Remember a few years ago when one party left the state, preventing a quorum because the vote was not going to go as that party wanted? "We either vote my way or we won't vote at all", that the work of the entire legislature was halted.
Children at play, that's all it is.
I wouldn't call the Republican inability to line up their own votes a compromise.
That said, do you agree that both parties need to compromise to get things done?
That they cannot do so is probably the biggest failing on the Hill, and there are many. I'm not sure that compromise has to happen - witness the birth of ObamaCare - but when it isn't done we have a never ending fight to reverse the law.
Indeed your own comment, about R's "lining up their own votes" is indicative of the size of the problem; we expect party line votes, without compromise, and are surprised when it doesn't happen. Gorsuch is another example, with a total party vote from committee and another one expected from the full body; not a single person will vote their own mind, sticking hard to the party demands.
I agree that both sides are now doing the same thing. They do so because of intense pressure from rich donors and angry voters.
Perhaps I expect too much from my fellow Americans, but to think anyone out here gets mad when congress does it's job, when politicians work together to find problems, when solutions are devised by effort from both sides, is disgusting. It's likely true, though, which is a part of just why it happens.
It looks like the Senate Democrats nuclear option is going to backfire on them. Wasn't that Harry Reid's baby?
That depends. While Gorsuch is a respected judge in the GOP and for that reason can be judged by the people as a conservative, he promises to uphold the Constitution by studying and voting the law. What does that mean? There are different interpretations of the Constitution. When he was answering questions put forth about his beliefs, he answered as neutrally as a lawyer would which leaves neither side with satisfaction of where he really stands. One of the government lawyers that I work with explained to me that this puts him in an awkward position. The American people have the right to know more about him before the vote because this is a lifetime appointment and we will be stuck with a mystery man. He wasn't giving any hints to satisfy anyone. Until he opens up with more information about himself, I think the Demos are going to keep their backs up.
by My Esoteric 16 months ago
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by Ralph Schwartz 16 months ago
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by Ralph Schwartz 16 months ago
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by Nick Rosenbaum 16 months ago
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by ahorseback 17 months ago
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by Jack Lee 16 months ago
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