Franken to Vote No on Gorsuch, Klobuchar a Maybe

Neil Gorsuch deserves the 60 votes needed to be confirmed, and at a time when our country is experiencing some uneasiness, concerns here in Washington, we should all agree that Judge Gorsuch is a brilliant judge, who will do exceptionally well as Justice Scalia's successor.

Democrats were outraged by the treatment of Garland and are taking out their anger by attempting to defeat President Donald Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch.

The theme running through all of these criticisms is that Democrats want Gorsuch to reach results that run counter to the law - a point that Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) put with characteristic artlessness in complaining about Gorsuch's attention to "legalisms". "He is extremely qualified, and it would be in the best interest of the democratic senators to ensure his quick passage through the senate, so our highest court can get to work again".

Senator Tammy Duckworth's office tells WCIA she plans to withhold judgment on how she will cast her vote until after she meets with Gorsuch later this week.

"Unfortunately, it looks more and more like Senate Democrats would rather do all that they did in reading and questioning for nothing more than political theater", Spicer said. To the delight of the Democrats' progressive wing, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced last week that he will call for a filibuster of the Gorsuch nomination.

Republicans defended Gorsuch, with Sen.

"Given the multiple congressional and criminal investigations that are tainting this Administration, it would not be responsible to move forward with President Trump's Supreme Court nominee until these Russia-related allegations are resolved", Heinrich said. Klobuchar began her opening statements talking about the country's frame of mind stating Gorsuch's nomination was, "a singular moment of constitutional and democratic unease". While she stopped short of explicitly saying she would join Schumer's filibuster, Hassan did write that, "I will vote against this nomination, and I support maintaining the traditional 60-vote threshold for confirming Supreme Court nominees".

Regardless of the intense scrutiny that Senate Democrats imparted upon Gorsuch's judicial record, he has repeatedly proven to be a fair jurist who cares deeply about the law.

CHRIS COONS: And I think this is tragic. Sure, if Trump decides to nominate Michael Cohen or Scott Baio to the Court, some Senate Republicans might object.

Should such a change be enacted, a Republican-controlled Senate could confirm not just Gorsuch, but possibly further SCOTUS seats that open up.

If Democrats had a way to exert power in an act of equal-and-opposite retaliation against Republicans (as they would have if they'd managed to win control of the Senate last November), they'd be justified in doing so.

CORKER: That means that every president who comes down the pike in the future knows that if their side's in the majority, they have no reason to appoint a Boy Scout like Gorsuch.

"Judge Gorsuch is commonly referred to as a proponent of originalism and textualism", she said.

McConnell urged his colleagues to give Gorsuch "the up or down vote he deserves".

To overcome Republican objections, Democrats invoked the so-called "nuclear option".

When they are not distorting cases, the Democrats have been unable to mount a coherent case.

Neil Gorsuch will be the next Supreme Court justice.

There is sound and time-honored reasoning in holding something as important as a nomination to the Supreme Court to a 60-vote standard.

In all, 33 Democrats have said they will oppose Gorsuch.

  • Larry Hoffman