Down Trend -- After Democrats blocked the nomination of President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch, Senate Republicans lead by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed the rules of the senate by applying the “Nuclear Option.”
The rule change means Gorsuch and all future Supreme Court nominees can be confirmed with a simple majority vote and will no longer face a 60-vote hurdle in the chamber now controlled by Republicans 52-48.
Democrats may have shot themselves in the foot as other justices could retire in the next few years of Donald Trump’s presidency. The rule change almost guarantees a Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch.
Blog Author's Comments: How the left paved the way for the probable confirmation of Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, who would otherwise have been blocked by the still seething Democrats over the election. A little over three years ago, Senator Mitch McConnell stood On the Senate floor and issued a warning to the Democrats who then controlled the majority. "I say to my friends on the other side of the aisle, you'll regret this," McConnell, then the minority leader, told them. "And you may regret it a lot sooner than you think."
At the urging of Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrats had voted along strict party lines to change the rules of the Senate, deploying what had become known in Washington as the "the nuclear option." McConnell and his Republican colleagues were furious. Under the new rules, presidential nominees for all executive branch positions, including the cabinet and judicial vacancies could be advanced with a simple majority of 51 votes. The 60 vote threshold for overcoming a filibuster on nearly all nominations was dead.
The right and the backers of President Trump now give much thanks to dirty little Harry Reid and his leftist colleagues. My hope is that 2 or 3 more Supreme Court Justices decide to retire, or in some way leave the court, so President Trump can nominate more justices to fill their positions on the high court, and make the court a Republican leaning court for many decades.