It looks like there is going to be a confrontation over Neil Gorsuch’s appointment to the Supreme Court of epic proportions. Senator Elizabeth Warren said last week that she supports a Democratic filibuster to stop his nomination claiming that he is “way outside of the mainstream.” In an opinion article for The Boston Globe, Warren wrote on March 20th:
“At a moment when the awesome power of the presidency is in the hands of someone who has shown contempt for our Constitution, our independent judiciary, our free press, and the principles that make our nation a beacon of democracy, this decision is more consequential than at any time in recent history. We cannot stand down when the president of the United States attempts to hand our highest court over to the highest bidder. And that is why I believe Judge Gorsuch’s nomination should be blocked.”
If the Democrats filibuster, then it is possible that Majority leader Mitch McConnell would change the Senate rules that require a 60-vote confirmation and make it a simple majority vote on the nominee. President Trump supports changing the rules if necessary. Some have referred to this as the “nuclear option.” “If we end up with that gridlock I would say if you can, Mitch, go nuclear,” Trump said, as reported by CNN. “That would be an absolute shame if a man of this quality was caught up in the web. It’s up to Mitch, but I would say go for it,” Trump said.
Warren summed up the significance of this confrontation well in her op-ed piece for the Boston Globe: “Gorsuch is charming and intelligent. He has an impressive legal pedigree. But this is not a Miss Congeniality pageant or a contest for the nominee with the fanciest degrees. This is a vote for a justice who will sit on the highest court in our nation for the next generation and decide cases that will touch every human being in this country. Cases about a woman’s right to choose, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, secret spending in our political system, and freedom of speech and religion.”
Where do you stand on Neil Gorsuch? Are you in favor of either a Democratic filibuster or the Republican’s going for the “nuclear option?” This is a case that clearly illustrates “the red-blue divide.”