The Senate is on the brink of making an historic mistake as it gets set to take up the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, The Washington Post said in an editorial.
"The standoff over Judge Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination is the latest episode in a years-long cycle of political retribution that has diminished the Senate and harmed the country," the newspaper said.
"It nevertheless represents a depressing new low. Senator after senator acknowledges that the body is about to make a historic mistake, setting precedent and changing procedures in a way that will, over time, erode the quality of both the Senate and the judiciary. But few seem interested in defusing the dispute."
The newspaper noted Democrats are set to filibuster a "well-qualified judge" and Republicans are looking to change the rules and eliminate the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees, the Post added.
The Post said the two sides should strike a bargain that results in Gorsuch's confirmation and keeps the right to filibuster intact for future high court nominees.
"But the trust required for an agreement on judicial nominees evaporated when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., rallied Republicans last year to shut out Judge Merrick Garland, whom President Barack Obama named to fill the seat Mr. Gorsuch has now been tapped to take," the editorial said.
And The Post maintained more than partisan interests are at risk in the battle over the Gorsuch confirmation
"As Mr. McConnell has often noted, eliminating minority rights in the Senate means that when the political tables are turned, Republicans will be the ones with minimal influence on the future of the court," the newspaper said.
"Just as Democrats should recoil at filibustering Mr. Gorsuch, undercutting decades of tradition, Republicans should recoil from the thought of permanently curbing minority prerogatives."
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