We already know how this week’s Neil Gorsuch saga will end: Democrats will filibuster, McConnell and Republicans will change the Senate rules so Gorsuch can be confirmed with 51 votes, and then in late April Gorsuch will take his place on the Supreme Court as one of the most right-wing justices in American history – right up there with Clarence Thomas.
In the meantime, I hope Democrats point out the utter hypocrisy of Mitch McConnell not allowing a vote for 8 months on Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland – a moderate, not an extremist on the Left – on the bizarre theory that a president has no legitimate role nominating a Supreme Court justice during his last year in office.
After that, allowing a vote on the pick of someone whose very legitimacy as president is now being investigated by the FBI is the height of hubris.
All the more reason for us to fight like hell to get the Senate back in 2018, and for Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Steven Breyer to stay healthy.
What do you think?
— Robert Reich
We didn’t allow Garland to be voted on because somehow a president, any president, in his last year in office is not legitimate in appointing a Supreme Court justice?
It’s a no-brainer to me: Trump is now in his last year in office. Why should we allow him to appoint a Supreme Court Justice?