While Democrats ceaselessly march toward a Senate showdown about the confirmation of Trump’s appointee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said today that the Judge will be approved next week.
“As you know, next Monday Gorsuch will come out of committee, will be on the floor of the Senate next week and confirmed on Friday,” McConnell said to journalists on Tuesday. McConnell added, “Judge Gorsuch, as you know, is extraordinarily well qualified. It’s almost amusing to watch our Democratic friends try to come up with some rationale for opposition.
“Several have suggested that a Supreme Court Justice needs to get 60 votes. In fact, I think you already know, no Supreme Court Justice has ever been stopped with a partisan filibuster. There was one rather unusual exception, the Fortas nomination in 1968, ironically in the middle of a presidential election year in which both sides collaborated to stop the nomination. So no Supreme Court Justice has ever been stopped with a partisan filibuster.”
“That is obviously what the Democratic leader has announced they will do,” he added. “We are optimistic that they will not be successful in keeping this good man from joining the Supreme Court very soon,” he finished.
At a Q&A, McConnell was questioned about the nuclear option and said, “It will be really up to Democrats how the process to confirm Judge Gorsuch goes forward.” After asked whether he had the votes to exercise the nuclear option, i.e. alter Senate regulations to terminate the filibuster, he responded, “I’m confident that he’ll be confirmed.”
Democrats do not appear willing to take this unprecedented move of a partisan filibuster against Gorsuch, but Republicans look confident that he will be approved. According to the Associated Press, GOP Senator Mike Rounds noted today of the nuclear option, “A lot of us really hate the thought of using it. Nonetheless, it may very well be the ultimate outcome because one way or the other, we will have Judge Gorsuch on the bench.”
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