Confirming Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, is like being at the WWF Championship and watching “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. The Rock. I can hear Michael Buffer in the distance now saying… “Let’s get ready to R…U…M…B….L…E!”
It’s the battle of the senior members of the Senate: Sen. Mitch McConnell vs Sen. John McCain. McConnell says, when it comes to confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, “the nuclear option helps the Senate”. Sen. John McCain said prior to the nuclear option being invoked – “those that would use the nuclear option are idiots”. So Senator McCain accused Sen. Mitchell of being an idiot because the nuclear option was invoked?
On one side: McConnell said that once Democrats filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch, the GOP’s unilateral response to confirm him on a simple majority vote will take senators “back to what was the tradition in the Senate” for confirming Supreme Court justices. Who wouldn’t support that?
On the other side: McCain saw the move as the next step in the inexorable slide to crushing the chamber’s bipartisan traditions. He thought senators who view this as a good step were, well, not fully in command of their faculties. Was Sen. McCain saying that Sen. McConnell was not all “with it” then by invoking the nuclear option?
It looks like as Michael Buffer says, “Let’s get ready to RUMBLE!”
H/T Western Journalism:
In response to the Democratic filibuster of President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, Senate Republicans went nuclear.
By deploying the so-called “nuclear option,” Republicans modified Senate rules to remove the 60-vote threshold required to end debate on a Supreme Court nominee, allowing Gorsuch and any future nominees to be confirmed with a simple 51-vote majority.
On Thursday, Sen. McConnell proved his point. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he has secured the votes required for the nuclear option, but there was one Republican senator who broke from the pack.
Sen. John McCain, R-Az., wasn’t just voicing his disappointment of the use of the nuclear option. The Arizona senator called anyone who thinks the rule change was a good idea a “stupid idiot.”
“I would like to meet that idiot, I’d like to meet the numskull that would say that,” McCain told reporters Tuesday. “That after 200 years, at least 100 years of this tradition, where the Senate has functioned pretty well, they think it would be a good idea to blow it up.” Looks like on Thursday they did just that.
McCain said that a permanent change to Senate rules for the sole purpose of getting Trump’s nominee confirmed would be a “body blow to the institution,” and would lead the Senate down a slippery slope. Looks like we will be heading down McCain’s “slippery slope”.
On Tuesday, McCain said, “Whoever said that is a stupid idiot who hasn’t been here and seen what I’ve been through and how we’ve been able to avoid that on several occasions — they’re stupid and have deceived their voters because they’re so stupid,” he raved.
McCain was referring to similar situations in the past, where presidential nominees faced partisan filibusters. He cited the “Gang of 14” in 2005 that managed to avoid a permanent rule change. But “the atmosphere is different” today, according to the Arizona senator.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the GOP’s use of the nuclear option was in response to the Democrats’ Senate rule change in 2013.
On Tuesday, McConnell added that “it’s a fairly recent thing to filibuster executive branch appointments,” and that the upcoming rule change will “even that up so the Supreme Court confirmation process is dealt with just like it was throughout the history of the country.”
McConnell is committed to getting Gorsuch confirmed on Friday. How it occurs “will depend on our Democratic friends,” the Senate Majority Leader told Fox News host Dana Perino.
So yes, it looks like we have two senior members of the Senate “dueling it out”.
If you ask me, both of these men have been in Congress way too long. They are both career politicians. They are both, in my opinion, part of “DC Swamp” that needs to be drained.
McConnell was elected to the Senate in 1984, and was recently elected to his sixth term in 2014. Yes. SIXTH term! So he’s been in DC over 33 years!
John McCain was first elected to the US House of Representatives in 1982 and served two terms before being elected to the Senate in 1986 and has served at five terms. He was just elected to his SIXTH term. He’s been in DC over 35 years!
THIS is EXACTLY why term limits are popular with the conservative base.
McCain is way past his prime. He might have been on the ‘right’ side at one time, and certainly we honor his time for serving our country, but over the last several years many Americans are questioning his intentions.
Personally, he’s been in office too long and is easily swayed. Wasn’t it McCain who passed off the “false” dossiers of Trump and the Russians to the FBI? Wasn’t it McCain who asked for an investigation into the Trump and Russian collusion of the presidential election being tampered with no evidence? Wasn’t it McCain who was called the “poster boy for illegal immigration” since he has cosponsored every major amnesty bill in Congress, including the infamous “Gang of 8” bill in 2013?
I could go on about McCain and Obama’s Iran Deal, Common Core, and others, but it looks like Sen. McCain has been playing ball with the liberal Democrats on too many issues. Now, too many patriots have found Sen. John McCain on the wrong side.
The confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is NOT about sides. It’s about the Constitution. It’s about supporting and upholding the Constitution as a document. There is no doubt in my mind that Judge Neil Gorsuch has and will continue to do that!
So as Michael Buffer says: