As Senate Republicans prepare to rewrite the rules to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the majority of his peers feel this will be a “good thing” for Washington politics.
“Look at the Senate through the long history of the body, the practical effect of all this will be to take us back to where we were…back to what was the tradition in the Senate.”
What it means is a permanent end to the nominee filibuster and an end to bipartisan compromise in the Senate, which McConnell has been trying relentlessly to kill over the past eight years with his relentless obstructionism to anything President Obama and the Democrats proposed.
Sen. John McCain, however, disagrees with McConnell’s interpretation and has some harsh words for him and the rest of the Republicans willing to toss aside one of the Senate’s most important rules.
“Idiot, whoever says that is a stupid idiot, who has not been here and seen what I’ve been through and how we were able to avoid that on several occasions. And they are stupid and they’ve deceived their voters because they are so stupid. This is a body blow to the institution, and I think we’re on a slippery slope.”
McConnell promises that he and his party will preserve the legislative filibuster, but at this point, nothing he says can be taken at face value. It’s only a matter of time before McConnell finds the need to rewrite the entire rules of the Senate to completely shut out the Democrats.
Neil Gorsuch is a dangerous ideologue who is an avowed enemy of same-sex marriage, LGBTQ rights, and a woman’s right to choose whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term.
The Democrats have every right to filibuster his nomination and if the Republicans truly want to go nuclear to get him confirmed, we will make them pay when Trump’s disastrous presidency hands us back both houses in the 2018 midterm elections.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.