“It’s disappointing that we can be very open and fair to their people but they can’t be very open and fair to ours”
WASHINGTON, DC – Get ready for the fireworks in the Senate chamber today when recalcitrant Democrats continue to oppose the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch as the newest Justice of the Supreme Court. This, despite the fact that the majority in the Senate yesterday employed the so-called ‘nuclear option’ to prevent liberals from using an unprecedented filibuster to block the appointment.
“Democrat obstructionists may not be able to talk the confirmation to death using a filibuster, but it surely won’t stop them from using their right to speak up on the floor in an attempt to disrupt the proceedings. I think there’ll be performances on the Senate floor that will be worthy of Academy Awards,” says Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
Filibuster has been tried in the past to block a Supreme Court nomination, but the tactic has never proved to be easy or successful. “And, this time around, GOP senators had a powerful counterpunch that, ironically, was provided by Senate Democrats when they controlled the upper house and wanted to protect President Obama’s lower court appointments. Under the leadership of chief Senate liberal at the time, Harry Reid, the Democrats created the ‘nuclear option,’ which allows the party in control of the Senate to simply change the rules so that instead of a 60-vote majority, all that will be needed is a one-vote margin in favor. This, in a 2017 Senate composed of 52 Republicans and only 48 Democrats.”
AMAC is a powerful conservative organization representing the interests of senior citizens and is committed to upholding the Constitution. Thus, the senior citizen advocacy organization is supportive of Judge Gorsuch as the man to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. “Our membership is overwhelmingly in favor of maintaining a conservative majority on the bench,” says Weber.
So, why were Senate liberals so adamant about pursuing a filibuster that was so easy to prevent? Because they wanted revenge for Republican maneuvering that foiled President Obama’s choice to replace Scalia, the left-leaning Judge Merrick Garland. It was Mr. Obama’s last year in office and notwithstanding a precedent for allowing the incoming president to pick a nominee, Mr. Obama opted to make the appointment himself.
“Remember, Hillary Clinton was the front runner in the 2016 Presidential Election campaign and there is no doubt that she would have picked Garland or another liberal as her choice to fill Scalia’s boots. But, President Obama and his fellow Democrats wanted to hedge their bet by seeking to prevent the unthinkable– a Republican in the White House to complement a solidly Republican Congress. As it turned out, of course, President Trump won the election in a spectacular upset last November. He also won the right to choose a conservative replacement for Scalia.”
The Democrats were seeking vengeance. It was childish, says Weber, and dangerous for liberal members of the Senate. “For one thing, many of them face re-election when the time comes in states that voted overwhelmingly in favor of Mr. Trump for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was that they did not want to upset the Constitutionalist balance on the high court,” according to Weber.
Orrin Hatch of Utah is one of the most responsible and respected Senators from either party in Congress and he said Democrats were acting “pretty irresponsibly.” In fact, Hatch and a number of his Republican colleagues helped get several Democratic picks for the Supreme Court through confirmation over the years, including Justices Ruth Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer when their time came. Says Hatch: “it’s disappointing that we can be very open and fair to their people but they can’t be very open and fair to ours.”
There was little doubt on either side of the aisle that Judge Gorsuch would be confirmed as the newest Justice on the Supreme Court. And, Weber says “it is interesting to note that there are several other possible Justices who might retire soon, putting President Trump in the position of possibly changing the fundamentals of the Court for generations to come by appointing one or two more conservatives to the bench. And, says Hatch, the shenanigans we saw this week will pale in comparison to the battle royale that will take place then; it will be ‘Armageddon’.”
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