Well, that was expected. Today, in a unprecedented move, Democrats filibustered bringing Judge Neil Gorsuch up for a vote to appoint him to the U.S. Supreme Court. That left Republicans with one option – break the filibuster under the Reid Rule, or the nuclear option that Democrats themselves pioneered in 2013. What disappointing behavior on the part of the Democrats. Here’s what Guy Benson from Townhall said about this unprecedented move:
“Every single Republican voted to invoke the Reid Rule, including some who had expressed a strong hesitancy to do so; that’s how indefensible Democrats’ conduct has been. The Senate will now reach cloture on the nomination with 51 votes, setting up a final confirmation tomorrow. It’s over. Neil Gorsuch will be the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.”
Democrats’ filibuster of a completely legitimate and qualified candidate is a new low for the party that has been escalating the “confirmation wars”, as Benson calls it. This is the first completely partisan tantrum turned filibuster in the history of the country and Democrats should be deeply ashamed. We applaud Sen. Bennet for voting against a filibuster, but will strongly condemn him if he uses the nuclear option, that his party forced, as a rationale for voting against Gorsuch, a Colorado native son.
Either way, the official confirmation vote will happen tomorrow. We welcome the addition of Judge Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.