WASHINGTON D.C. (FNN NEWS) — Today Democrats attempted a filibuster that resulted in a change that all but guarantees the approval of Judge Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court Justice. “In this forced move by Democrats through an attempted filibuster…Republicans are set to change the rules to allow a simple majority, as known as the nuclear option, to ensure Republican control of this and future votes,” said Orange County Trump Republican Club Policy Analyst and retiree LeLand McKee.
For many Americans, watching this endless battle between Republicans and Democrats has created tension and disgust. “As a Democrat, I feel that we need to pick our battles. Gorsuch is replacing a conservative spot in the court. The real concern will be when they are tasked with replacing another Supreme Court Justice,” says Tamela Saska, a working mother and grandmother. “Additionally, Republicans need to remember that Congress will not always be in their grip. And they may not like it when the nuclear option is used on them.”
There were some signs in today’s process that showed some Democrats supported the conservative nominee Gorsuch and broke ranks to do so. They were Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), Joe Donnellly (D-Indiana), Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia). But even with the above dissensions Republicans failed to reach the necessary 60 votes to confirm Gorsuch without changing the rules. Ultimately, in a second vote even Senator Bennet changed his mind and went against Gorsuch.
McKee remarked, “Gorsuch will be sitting on the Supreme Court next week.” In fact, it could be as early as Friday evening (April 7th) according to most sources. McKee, a Republican and former candidate for Orange County (FL) Clerk of Courts, added, “Gorsuch was good enough for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals with a unanimous bipartisan confirmation. He is a perfect fit for the Supreme Court and should never have been delayed due to partisan politics.”
What is now clear: The rule changes could have an impact for years, if not decades, to come. It simply means whichever party is in power will always have the ultimate power of deciding who the Supreme Court Justice replacements will be. And depending on the party in power this could be a slippery slope. Greg Diehl, a Trump supporter, told FNN News “Democrats forced this precedent to occur. They wanted Republicans to have to use it. The still wield the power in Washington while Republicans hold office.”
Opinion: Democrats should have let this one go. If they battle each and every move the President makes, no compromise is possible. And without compromise there’s no peace in the White House or the houses of Americans throughout our country who ultimately feel the impact of successes and failures in Washington D.C.
Randy Ross s a political contributor covering politics & power for Florida National News. news@FloridaNationalNews.com