President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, has been saying all the right things to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
While it seemed like Gorsuch was distancing himself from Donald Trump in an attempt to warm up to the Democrats because they vowed to block whomever the president’s nominee was, that tactic doesn’t seem to be working.
And that tactic not working is evident in Senator Chuck Schumer’s announcement.
The Washington Times reported:
“Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Thursday that Democrats will attempt to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination, saying he would tilt the Supreme Court too far away from what Democrats want to see.
‘After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” Mr. Schumer said, announcing his filibuster on the Senate floor.
The speech amounted to a challenge to Republicans, who may now have to decide whether to trigger the “nuclear option” and change the chamber’s rules to curtail the power of the filibuster.
Mr. Schumer, who four years ago himself voted to trigger the nuclear option on all other nominees, told Republicans not to follow his lead.
‘The answer isn’t to change the rules, it’s to change the nominee,’ the New York Democrat said Thursday.
It’s insulting he’s pretending like he wouldn’t want to “change the nominee” from any of Trump’s choices.
He’s acting like he feels this way exclusively about Judge Gorsuch, but that’s simply not true. Schumer will railroad anyone Trump puts forward.
The Washington Times continued:
The Judiciary Committee is slated to vote on Judge Gorsuch on April 3, and then the full Senate will vote before lawmakers break for Easter.
Republicans have the votes to push the judge through committee, but only have 52 members, and would need Democrats’ help to overcome a filibuster — which takes 60 votes — on the chamber floor.
Mr. Schumer’s declaration Thursday was not unexpected, but it does send a signal to other Democrats that they are expected to line up in opposition.
Just before Mr. Schumer, Sen. Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat facing re-election in 2018, announced his opposition.
‘I have serious concerns about Judge Gorsuch’s rigid and restrictive judicial philosophy,’ Mr. Casey said.”
He said two of Judge Gorsuch’s rulings stood out.
In one of those cases, the judge ruled against a disabled child’s demand that the public school system pay for special education.
Judge Gorsuch said he was following his circuit court’s precedent, but the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision Wednesday rejected the legal test Judge Gorsuch and a number of other courts had used.
In the other case, the judge ruled the law allowed a trucking company to fire a driver who abandoned his load after fearing he was freezing to death waiting in his stuck rig.
Judge Gorsuch said in that ruling he was following the law, though the outcome was troubling. He said, though, that he had to enforce the law as written, and said it was up to lawmakers to rewrite it.
Mr. Schumer also cited those cases and others, saying that given Judge Gorsuch’s “lack of candor” in answering questions during two days of hearings this week, all senators have to go by is the judge’s record.
‘We do not want judges with ice water in their veins,’ he said.”
Chuck Schumer has always evaluated judges based on his personal political bias and if the nominee will tip the courts away from his views. He has never measured a candidate by their legal qualifications and his reasoning for filibustering Judge Gorsuch is just plain selfish.