Schumer calls on Democrats to filibuster Gorsuch

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he will not vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to become an associate justice on the Supreme Court. He also said Gorsuch "will have to earn 60 votes" to avoid a filibuster. Schumer called on his colleague to oppose Gorsuch's nomination.


I don’t understand Schumer’s thinking on filibuster. Mitch McConnell won’t permit Gorsuch’s confirmation to fail based on a filibuster: he will end super-majority requirements for confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court justices, just as Harry Reid ended them for other presidential nominees. Tick him off enough and he’ll end them for regular legislation, as well. That would destroy any influence Democrats have on our governance.

Schumer may be daring McConnell to do it, but to what end? A throw of the dice that two years from now the Senate will go Democrat (bad bet)? That four years from now, by some miracle the people might elect an undivided Democrat government? He may figure that if they lose on this one, Kennedy’s replacement (rumored to be considering retiring) and the replacement of possibly two more justices will just confirm the Court as a conservative bastion for a generation?

If so, Schumer is risking everything on a very long Hail Mary. And Gorsuch’s confirmation is going to happen anyway.

Republicans' first instinct is always to behave like the gentlemen they usually are. Democrats' first instinct is to behave like the cynical community organizers that they usually are. And never the twain shall meet.

Gorsuch will be approved, whether by the filibuster failing or by the nuclear option. Behind that. there are dozens of open federal court seats, and Republicans should fill those by batch vote, thumbing their noses all the time at cynical leftist operatives like Chuck Schumer, until the courts are overwhelmingly filled with judges who believe in the Constitution.


Democrats have broken Congress. Republicans are trying to return it to regular order. Democrats have a choice. If they choose to obstruct, forget them entirely. They're a meaningless historical anachronism.

Democrats will resort to any tactic to get what they want. This enables them to be unconcerned with preserving tradition--this is really the story of the leftward-tilt of the Democrat Party since the 1960's--in any part of society. All they care about is using the federal government to force obedience to progressive narratives.

Republicans must stop behaving like gentlemen. The GOP has to fight ferocity with ferocity and engage in all-out war until progressivism is confined to the dustbin of history and our Constitution is restored.

Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court is one of many needed steps in that direction.

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