WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top Senate Democrat said Thursday he will oppose President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and lead a filibuster of the choice, setting up a politically charged showdown with Republicans with far-reaching implications for future judicial nominees.
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer criticized Judge Neil Gorsuch, saying he “almost instinctively favors the powerful over the weak” and would not serve as a check on Trump or be a mainstream justice.
“I have concluded that I cannot support Neil Gorsuch’s nomination,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “My vote will be no and I urge my colleagues to do the same.”
Shortly before Schumer’s announcement, Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, who faces re-election next year in a state Trump won, also announced his opposition. Casey said he had “serious concerns about Judge Gorsuch’s rigid and restrictive judicial philosophy, manifest in a number of opinions he has written on the 10th Circuit.”
Democrats are still furious that Republicans blocked former President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.[...]The GOP insisted that the next president make the nomination.
Liberals have pressured Democrats to resist all things Trump, including his nominees, although Gorsuch emerged unscathed from two days of testifying.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., now must decide whether to take the same step his Democratic predecessor did and change Senate rules to confirm Gorsuch and other Supreme Court nominees with a simple majority rather than the 60 votes now required to move forward.
“Gorsuch will be confirmed; I just can’t tell you exactly how that will happen, yet,” McConnell said in an interview with The Associated Press earlier this week.
The Judiciary panel is expected to vote in the next two weeks to recommend Gorsuch favorably to the full Senate.
On Thursday, lawyers, advocacy groups and former colleagues got their say on Gorsuch during the third and likely final hearing examining his qualifications.
The American Bar Association’s Nancy Scott Degan explained how a committee evaluating Gorsuch came up with its highest rating of well qualified. She said the committee contacted almost 5,000 people nationwide who might have knowledge of his qualifications. They examined his qualifications based on integrity, professional competence and temperament.
“The scope of our investigation was deep and broad,” Degan said. “We do not give the well-qualified rating lightly.”
Blog Author's Comments: What else did anyone expect Schumer to say or do? He and all the leftist Democrats are and will always be unhinged that Hillary Clinton lost the election and essentially removed all of the political power the Democrats once had. Mitch McConnell, use the 'nuclear option' and place Judge Neil Gorsuch on the high court. The Democrats don’t want judges that follow the law or the Constitution; they want activists who make up law based on what the left wants. Like the hack judges on the 9th Circuit, the judge in New Hampshire James Robart and what the judge Derrick Watson did in Hawaii, making their own foreign policy and over ruling the president's executive order. But, if there is a terrorist attack, the blood will be on their hands and the hands of Barack Obama who opened the doors and ignored the existing laws on illegal immigrants.
'Schumer vows filibuster.' It's called grandstanding! He has no valid reason to do it, and he knows it. He simply can't stand that no one cares, aside from the mainstream media, what he does anymore. He still hasn't accepted that he is now in the minority. The GOP also holds the majority in the Senate and can change the rules as they wish. This will be a test of the GOP's real commitment to keeping their promises or not. This is also an opportunity for Trump to campaign for GOP Senate challengers in states where these liberal senators have to answer to the voters in 2018. I say again, the Republicans now in power don't need to change the law that now exists. The Democrats put the 'nuclear option' in place, use it, end of story.