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Old 04-07-2017, 01:50 PM   #1
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Default Senate Confirms Trumpís First SCOTUS Pick by 54-45 Vote

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The Senate voted just before noon Friday to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Nationís highest bench.

The vote, originally set for Friday evening, was moved up to the morning after Democrats agreed to waive part of the final debate period. Gorsuch, President Donald Trumpís pick to replace conservative anchor of the Court, Justice Antonin Scalia, was confirmed by a vote of 54-45, with Democrats Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) joining a unanimous Republican Caucus.

Judge Gorsuchís nomination process was among the most contentious in American history. After assembling the pledges of 41 Senate Democrats to iniate the first partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sought to prevent a vote of the full Senate. This set up a showdown over Senate cloture rules that resulted Thursday in Republicans invoking the ďconstitutional optionĒ and abolishing the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.
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No one wins at this, Republicans, Democrats or the American People.

But hearing the Dems spinning this has been humorous.

They wanted to stick Republicans in the eye and they called the bluff and lost.

It is also interesting to point out the Dems were the ones that did a mini nuclear option last time they controlled and went from 60% for lower level judicial and direct appointments leaving just SCOTUS appointments to bypass Republicans.
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No one wins at this, Republicans, Democrats or the American People.

But hearing the Dems spinning this has been humorous.

They wanted to stick Republicans in the eye and they called the bluff and lost.

It is also interesting to point out the Dems were the ones that did a mini nuclear option last time they controlled and went from 60% for lower level judicial and direct appointments leaving just SCOTUS appointments to bypass Republicans.
It has always seemed odd to me that removing a supermajority vote requirement only requires a majority vote. But, that's how the rules work I guess. Sadly, this was inevitable - one party or the other was going to do it eventually. There are Dems in the back benches snickering right now because they know that control of the Senate will revert to them eventually and then they will be in the driver's seat.

I have always had mixed feelings about filibusters. On the one hand, it puts more control in the hands of relative moderates and may stifle some of the more partisan stuff that goes on. On the other hand, in addition to being somewhat undemocratic, a filibuster historically actually required someone to stand up there and speak. It was not an automatic thing like it is now. Yes, someone could read names out of the phone book for hours on end, but there will still tangible consequences of using it back in the day. On balance, I think it was a good thing to have.
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