Chuck Schumer says he will oppose and filibuster Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the United States Supreme Court, which just confirms the theatrics and hearings are for show. The hearings are not even over and Schumer has made up his mind. It is obvious most of the other Democrats have as well.
Just consider the press coverage of this hearing.
From Wolf Blitzer: “I think he did a great job this morning. I think the Democrats have done a pretty poor job, but I think the reason they have done a poor job is there’s not a lot to beat this man up on.”
From John King: “The democrats have not even bruised, blemished anything to this judge so far.”
From MSNBC’s Ari Melber: “I didn’t see a single glove laid on him. He performed himself admirably.”
From CNN’s Gloria Borger: “Judge Gorsuch is completely qualified and everybody knows it. He is totally and completely qualified and he’s exactly the kind of a nominee you would expect from a Republican, period. This is what elections are about.”
From Jeffrey Toobin: “He knows so much more about everything he’s being asked than the senators. And a couple of times it really came back to bite them.”
This is the American press corps saying this. Even Democrats like John Yarmuth of Kentucky are saying Gorsuch has not done or said anything disqualifying.
Democrats just don’t like him because he is a conservative. Chuck Schumer’s claims about Gorsuch are disingenious and show why the GOP needs to scuttle the judicial filibuster now. The standard Schumer is setting is not one of qualifications, but one of issues advocacy. He does not think Gorsuch will side with him on issues and Schumer does not want an independent judiciary. He wants a Democrat controlled judiciary.
Audaciously, Schumer voted to end the filibuster for lower court nominees and now says the GOP should keep the Supreme Court filibuster and just get a more liberal nominee. Schumer does not get to change the rules and then say others cannot change the rules. Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid established the precedent. If Republicans do not now end the Supreme Court filibuster they are establishing a precedent that Democrats can change the rules when they like, but Republicans cannot.
Schumer saying the Democrats will filibuster a man everyone agrees is qualified is grounds enough to end the Supreme Court filibuster.
Elections matter. The GOP won. And I need not remind anyone that two weeks before the election, convinced the Democrats were keeping the White House and taking the Senate, Chuck Schumer was in favor of getting rid of the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees.