2/2/17 – Neil Gorsuch, and the rule that could bite Harry Reid in the butt

Posted on February 3 2017 by admin2

The battle now begins as President Donald Trump (#15 FCIL) has nominated Neil Gorsuch to be the new Supreme Court Justice of the United States.  Gorsuch is an affable #13 FCIR with a conservative record that looks to match that of Antonio Scalia (#13 FCIR) whom he will be potentially replacing.  Most democrats plan to fight tooth and nail to block Neil’s entry, though as one author writes, “Gorsuch has not given Democrats much to work with.  He hasn’t ruled directly on cases involving abortion and gay rights, and he won Senate confirmation a decade ago on a voice vote with no opposition.”

Yes, all the democratic senators in 2006 supported Gorsuch for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Among many others, this also included Barack Obama (#13 FCIR), Joe Biden (#13 FCIR), Hillary Clinton (#15 FCIL), John Kerry (#13 FCIR), Dianne Feinstein (#15 FCIL), Patrick Leahy, Patty Murray, Dick Durbin, and even now Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer!  Don’t you just love politics, especially now that Chuck and co. are trying to paint the squeaky-clean and upright Justice as “out of touch” and “against the people?”

There are now threats of a filibuster, but Trump and his Republicans could use the nuclear or constitutional option, which is a parliamentary procedure that allows the U.S. Senate to override a rule or precedent by a simple majority of 51 votes, instead of by a supermajority of 60 votes.  The irony?  It was #16 BCIL Harry Reid who spearheaded its implementation just a few years ago.  “Reid and his Democrat colleagues changed the rules so that all that was needed was a simple majority of 51 Senators, coincidentally the number of senators Republicans now have.”

At the time, Reid stated, “This is not about Democrats versus Republicans.  This is about making Washington work — regardless of who is in the White House or who controls the Senate.”  Yet also stated at the time were the haunting words of Alabama Senator Richard Shelby-, who said, “Democrats won’t be in power in perpetuity. This is a mistake — a big one for the long run.  Maybe not for the short run.  Short-term gains, but I think it changes the Senate tremendously in a bad way.”

Boy was he right!

Trump’s #15 “let’s get things done” train is continuing to chug along full speed ahead unlike any President in U.S. history, some are saying.  No surprise here as we consider Trump two “Bs” … background and Brain Type!

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