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Gorsuch Attacks by Democratic Left Diminishes Their Party, Senate

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters about the struggle to move Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch toward a final up or down vote on the Senate floor, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., April 4, 2017. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 01:16 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Democratic U.S. Senators appear to be committing political suicide as Senator Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the Democratic minority leader in the U.S. Senate, announced repeatedly that Democrats were going to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

A senator (or senators) use a "filibuster" to stop a bill or nomination vote by talking until stopped by the withdrawal of the bill — or nomination or by cloture.

In the present-day U.S. Senate, a senator may announce his or her intention to filibuster or prolong a debate. That in turn triggers an act to remove the need for an actual session of long talk.

That act is known as cloture.

Cloture is a Senate rule (No. 22) requiring 60 senators to vote to cloture or close the filibuster/debate. The Republicans have only 52 senators and maybe three to four Democratic senators who coincidentally are up for re-election in states Trump won handily.

These Democrats have indicated that they would support a cloture vote to end a filibuster and also vote for Gorsuch.

The Republicans can use the "nuclear option" which refers to a senatorial move that requires only a majority to change the rules — Rule 22.

It would make a vote by a simple majority of the senators sufficient to confirm Gorsuch.

However, this move would reduce the Senate’s unique status as a deliberative body.

Senate Democrats are now stuck with Schumer’s filibustering posture.

They are also stuck with the many vitriolic statements against Gorsuch by senators like, Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Chris Coons, D-Del., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Al Franken, D-Minn., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Mark Warner, D-Va., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

If Democrats do filibuster it lessens their ability to use the tactic in the future.

Meanwhile, many of the nation’s newspapers in editorials surprisingly support Gorsuch’s confirmation — including but not limited to, The Chicago Tribune, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, The Dallas Morning News, The Fresno Bee, The Kansas City Star, The Miami Herald, Northjersey,com, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, The Tennessean, the Tulsa World, and USA Today.

The Los Angeles Times opposed the confirmation of Gorsuch siding with the Democratic senators’ belief of revenge for the mistreatment of Judge Merrick Garland.

The Senate Republicans failed to give Judge Merrick Garland a hearing when nominated by President Obama to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

As of Tuesday, April 4, The New York Times is non-committal on Gorsuch's nomination.

The Washington Post, as of April 4, suggested the Democrats make a deal to preserve the filibuster option for the future.

Democratic senators have painted themselves into a difficult corner.

The radical leftist base of the Democratic party wants blood, with a take no prisoners mentality. Editorials in many newspapers, coast to coast, are causing a divide in the uber-liberal cabal, one that may splinter the progressive movement for some time to come.

The Democratic Party’s few remaining moderates see the radical left as too dogmatic, which is what caused most moderate Democrats to become Independents.

The moderate Democrats realize Gorsuch is exceptionally well-qualified, and to create phony reasons to attack him lessens the Democratic party in the eyes of most Americans.

Being creative, unnamed senators are trying to arrange a compromise that would permit those opposed to the nomination to cast their vote with a comment to shield them from future retribution.

They also need a compromise with some form of face-saving for the Democratic senators that made ad hominem and mean-spirited objections to Gorsuch’s nomination.

Average Americans have little interest in the machinations of Washington, D.C. and even most college-educated citizens have little understanding of the U.S. Supreme Court or its justices.

Interviews on college campus from Brown to UCLA demonstrate how little knowledge college students have about U.S. history, world geography, or politics in general — let alone the Supreme Court.

The schools like Brown, an Ivy League school and UCLA in the heart of radical progressive politics are coastal universities, but their students are no different than University of Kansas or Ohio State University students — under-educated and indoctrinated with radical progressive pabulum.

The students from the coastal schools are told they are the elite by self-serving groups like the entertainment industry, the educational oligarchy, leftist professors, and social action groups.

The people in mid-America, vox populi, have had the same indoctrination as the college students but they didn't buy into it.

Elitist Democrats settled on both coasts seeing Middle-America as the "great unwashed." Such coastal elitists assert this view by attacking President Trump as not being duly elected to office — elected by inland ignorant peasants.

If he is an illegal President, all his appointees are illegal.

Ergo, Judge Gorsuch is an illegal nominee.

But, Judge Gorsuch is an educated graduate of an elitist high school, college, and law school.

He will be confirmed and the Democrats will have lost personal and party credibility.

James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994. Read more reports from James Walsh — Click Here Now.

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Democrats have lost personal and party credibility. Democratic senators have painted themselves into a corner. Moderate Democrats realize Gorsuch is exceptionally well-qualified, and to create phony reasons to attack him lessens the Democratic party in the eyes of most Americans.
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