By Erick Erickson
Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer whipped the Democrats into line and forced through the change. They did not scrap the filibuster. They just determined it did not apply to nominations. They carefully exempted Supreme Court nominations. But, so convinced were they that Hillary Clinton would win the Presidency and they would retake the Senate, Reid and Schumer preemptively announced they would scuttle the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees in 2017.
Well, things did not go as planned. After the Democrats originally scrapped the filibuster, Republicans took back the Senate and refused to confirm any new judges in retribution. When the election went to Trump, the Democrats had already tipped their hand that they intended to scrap the filibuster for the Supreme Court. Now the GOP is doing it for them.
All the Democrats have left is hysteria. Swallowing their intellectual honesty, Senators Dick Durbin and Sheldon Whitehouse led the latest and most hysterical attack on Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch, according to the Democrats, is a member of a secretive, extremist group that has lobbied for Gorsuch under the radar. This nefarious, radical group of the right has been plotting for years to place Gorsuch on the Supreme Court it seems.
The name of this nefarious, secretive, extremist group? That would be the Federalist Society.
The Federal Society is so nefarious, secretive, and extreme that every single sitting member of the United States Supreme Court has spoken at its events. Justice Elena Kagan, when she served as Harvard Law School’s dean, declared “I love the Federalist Society.”
Justice Sotomayor spoke during a Federalist Society panel discussion.
Justice Breyer had the audacity to join Justice Scalia at a Federalist Society event.
Even the Notorious RBG herself, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has participated in Federalist Society events.
It is that extremist and secretive.
The Federal Society was founded in 1982. It is a nonpartisan organization, but it is definitely a group dedicated to originalism. Justice Elena Kagan has noted that we are all originalists now and that is in large part due not just to Justice Scalia, but due to the Federalist Society. The organization hosts symposiums and encourages both conversation and debate on legal topics. It has been praised by Democrat appointed Supreme Court justices, liberal law professors, and even the head of the ACLU.
You would never know that from Democrats’ hysteria today. They cannot conjure up an Illuminati, so they are forced to demonize a highly respected group. That is all they have left.
Democrats surrendered the moral high ground when they blew up the filibuster for convenience. Now they are regretting it, but have boxed themselves in. Screaming loudly will get them nothing, but it makes them feel better.
What screaming hysterically will not do is stop Neil Gorsuch, who will be sworn in and seated on the United States Supreme Court by sun down Friday.
Oh, and Elena Kagan will love Gorsuch too because he’ll be the newest Justice, thereby relieving Kagan of the traditional duty of opening and closing the door when the Justices all meet to discuss cases.