Another Democratic Senate Defector Tells Schumer SCREW YOU
The Trump Effect positions Senate Republicans closer to non-nuclear option.
Senators running for election give Chuck Schumer, the Democrats, and all of America the REAL situation in politics: get on the Trump Train or get run over.
In the span of a couple of days, another moderate Democrat defies party politics and abandons Schumer.
In a stunning display of bipartisanship, Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) announced his support for Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
The Hoosier senator defied Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s promise to filibuster Gorsuch on Sunday in declaring Gorsuch to be a “qualified jurist.”
“After meeting with Judge Gorsuch, conducting a thorough review of his record, and closely following his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I believe that he is a qualified jurist who will base his decisions on his understanding of the law and is well-respected among his peers.”
Like many moderates, Donnelly believes the Senate should retain the 60 vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees. Using the “nuclear option” he believes sets a dangerous precedent. If Senate Republicans “go nuclear,” and change the vote requirement to a simple majority for Gorsuch, Senate Democrats would likely do the same when they next proffer a nominee for the court.
Frankly, this is nonsense, as the Democrats have always used these rules to their advantage. The Republicans, in turn, have rolled over like lap dogs waiting for the Democrats to scratch their bellies when they had the Senate advantage.
Donnelly joined the ranks of two other moderate Democrats in his support for Gorsuch.
As we reported previously, Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced their support for President Trump’s nominee last week. Currently, the GOP holds a 52-vote majority in the Senate. Thus, with Heitkamp, Manchin, and Donnelly on board the Trump Train for Gorsuch, That brings the total vote count in favor of confirming Judge Gorsuch to 55, when you include the one independent in the Senate.
Republicans now only need 5 more Democrat votes to reach the 60 vote threshold demanded by Schumer and other extremists. With or without Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised that the Senate “will confirm” Gorsuch this week.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on Gorsuch’s nomination on Monday. The full 100-member Senate will vote a few days later.
What this vote will tell America is that Donald Trump is in charge. Ten Democrat Senators hail from states won by Donald Trump. You can bet they know that Russia is a ruse. Further, these Senators realized the writing on the wall, and that Trump will be vindicated on his spying allegations against the previous administration.
In other words, put the nukes away.