“Schumer may be responsible for a cataclysmic, generational defeat for the Democratic party.”
We can only hope.
“Judge Neil Gorsuch Confirmed To Supreme Court,” by Kevin Daley, Daily Caller, April 7, 2017:
The Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court Friday, elevating a youthful conservative jurist to the nation’s highest tribunal who could shape American jurisprudence for decades.
The 54-45 vote hewed closely to party lines. Three Democrats, including Sens. Joe Manchin, Heidi Heitkamp, and Joe Donnelly, joined all 52 Republicans in voting for Gorsuch’s confirmation. The vote followed Thursday’s procedural decision by the Senate’s Republican majority to abolish the 60-vote threshold needed to invoke cloture on Supreme Court nominees, colloquially known as the “nuclear option.”
Republican veterans of judicial confirmations trumpeted the confirmation as a triumph of the Scalia legacy.
“Throughout his career, Judge Gorsuch has demonstrated his commitment to judicial independence and to deciding cases according to the law instead of political preferences,” said Leonard Leo, who advises President Donald Trump on judicial confirmations, in a statement to reporters. “I applaud President Trump for choosing such an outstanding nominee, and Leader McConnell and his colleagues for defeating an unprecedented partisan filibuster.”
“A year ago we lost Justice Scalia, a giant, and today we are one step closer to seeing the preservation of his legacy on the Court,” he added.
The day bursts with historical and political implications for all three branches of government. Gorsuch’s confirmation marks the first significant domestic political achievement of Donald Trump’s young presidency, still reeling from a failed vote in the House of Representatives on health care reform, and a bevy of court orders enjoining enforcement of his executive orders on refugees and migrants. His first Supreme Court appointment is an early hallmark of the Trump legacy, and marks the fruition of a central campaign pledge.
The White House called the confirmation a victory for the rule of law and vigorous defense of the Constitution.
“Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation process was one of the most transparent and accessible in history, and his judicial temperament, exceptional intellect, unparalleled integrity, and record of independence makes him the perfect choice to serve on the Nation’s highest court,” Trump said in a statement. “As a deep believer in the rule of law, Judge Gorsuch will serve the American people with distinction as he continues to faithfully and vigorously defend our Constitution.”
In Congress, thoughts quickly turned to the prospect of another vacancy on the high court. Three of the court’s justices are at least 78 years old, while speculation abounds in media that the administration has quietly encouraged Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire. The stakes attending these departures make Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s decision to lead a filibuster of the Gorsuch nomination, effectively triggering the nuclear option, all the more surprising.
In choosing this course, Schumer and the Democratic caucus assume Trump will be a one-term president, Republicans will lose control of the Senate, and no further vacancies will occur in the coming years. Should even one of these propositions fail, Schumer may be responsible for a cataclysmic, generational defeat for the Democratic party….
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