Like him or not, Trump is following through on most of his campaign promises, something I didn’t actually expect. Last night, he released his nominee for SCOTUS, Neil Gorsuch.
Now Gorsuch may not have much of a pro-life background, so those of you hoping for Roe v Wade to be overturned, it probably isn’t going to happen, but he does have a strong conservative record and commitment to the constitution. He has been compared to the late Scalia on several of his decisions, and he did uphold religious organizations who were being forced to follow some of the ACA’s unfair edicts. More importantly, he was overwhelming confirmed for his lower seat by both Democrats and Republicans so one could assume he is a solid guy.
In fact, it may one of the best (and definitely most sane) things Trump has done as President.
The Democrats, however, are up in arms. They are mad that Merrick Garland never got a confirmation hearing. Of course, if it had been an outgoing Republican President, they would have fought just as hard to make sure an incoming President got to pick, just like Republicans did. They are threatening to stall the hearings and force the Republicans into a nuclear option, meaning the number of senators needed to confirm is lower. Then they are discussing how terrible this would be, even though it’s exactly what they did eight years ago to ram Obama’s liberal nominees through. Sorry Liberals, but you can’t have one set of rules for when you are winning and another for when you are losing. That’s not fair!
So, should the Republicans force the nuclear option? My first question is why does this even exist? If a 60/40 majority is what is required, why is a 51 majority even allowed? Don’t we teach our kids about compromise? Yes, there are some times you want to stand your ground, but there are times when you need to compromise for the good of the nation. Blocking someone simply because they are a Republican and nominated by Trump is petty and not what you are hired to do. Now, if as the hearing goes, you have issues with his constitutional stances, then, by all means, vote against him. But voting against him because of the letter after his name is wrong. Unlike Devos, Gorsuch has the knowledge and a record that speaks for itself.
On one hand, I say yes, the Republicans should use the nuclear option, but . . .
On the other hand, while confirming this man with the nuclear option may be a good idea, I don’t think this is a good precedent to set, and I wouldn’t want this option for all nominees. Instead, I think we need to go back and say a 60/40 is required and people who can’t give clear, reasonable reasons for not confirming someone should be fired. After all, we elect politicians to be our voice, and if they can’t see past the letter after someone’s name, then they are too clouded to be doing their job.
Chuck Schumer, the one who orchestrated the nuclear option eight years ago, says Gorsuch is not mainstream enough – that he doesn’t represent the average voters. I guess Schumer is forgetting all the voters who voted for Trump simply for this reason. It was the Supreme Court nominee that compelled several Christians and Evangelicals to hold their nose and vote for Trump. I know the left would like to think these people don’t exist, but the truth is they do and Gorsuch is just the kind of man they were hoping for.
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