Gorsuch officially confirmed
55 yay to 45 na to end filibuster. With 3 democrats voting yay.
Final vote on Friday. Now only a show, Gorsuch has the votes.
This will not be the end but the beginning. With countless lower court judge appointments needed to be filled, this will continue.
We all knew this was coming, Republicans go nuclear option, and probably the way it would come about. Democrats had said countless times they will only consider Garland, the Judge Obama had selected. So no matter which judge the republicans wanted, the Democrats would have only voted yes to Garland. The Democrats have forced the nuclear option.
It has been, as many knew, all a political show. Both sides informed us what they would do long ago. The democrats were powerless after the sever losses in the 2016 election. But why so much debate? Why so much news about this? Why? Why? Why?
Well it all goes back to 2013 when Harry Reid needed to confirm seven lower court judge appointees.
Note:We should also note that Reid, when he was confident that Hillary Clinton would be president, bragged about laying the groundwork for doing away with the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. In a “wide-ranging” interview about his “legacy”.
But, in reality, he actually handed the Senate and Supreme Court to the conservatives—he said:
Harry Reid: “I really do believe that I have set the Senate so when I leave, we’re going to be able to get judges done with a majority. It takes only a simple majority anymore. And, it’s clear to me that if the Republicans try to filibuster another circuit court judge, but especially a Supreme Court justice, I’ve told ’em how and I’ve done it, not just talking about it. I did it in changing the rules of the Senate. It’ll have to be done again.”
Back in 2013, Reid was confident that the democrats would win the presidency and also the Senate. Also the Democrats believed they could win many of the House of Representatives seats back in 2016. They did not believe they would have control in the House, but with all the media surrounding at the time. They believed by 2018 when all 435 seats in the House are up for election they would regain control. As the 2016 elections grew closer, some of the polls showed certain signs, and the Democrats started to speak they had a chance not only to regain some seats but to take control of the House.
After the election and the losses in the House, Senate, and Presidency. The democrats lost all power. They were stunned to say the least. As news anchor after news anchor from liberal media outlets showed their astonishment, asking why and how is it possible, and many even crying. The nation was stunned. Trump had at best only a 10% chance to win in with Vegas odds makers. Leading up to the election most of the talk even from conservatives were how Trump did not have a chance, there was no road map for him to win.
This is the reason for the liberal media "crying", show, and down right spectacle. The Democrats have no power, none. And with Reid in 2013 changing the Senate rules to 51 votes only. The Democrats knew they would be powerless.
Why the showmanship from the liberal side? Political playbook, because during the last 8 years it worked, the liberal based continued to elect/reelect their party candidates. Democrats could do no wrong, and blaming Bush, labeling republicans as obstructionists worked. Now they are without power. And their nightmares are coming true.
How did we get here? who started it? Has been tit-for-tat escalations stretching back for 40 years. Was it Democrats’ filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch? Yes. Was it Republicans’ blockade of a raft of Obama lower-court nominees? Yep. Was it the public humiliation of Clarence Thomas? You betcha. Was it the defeat of Robert Bork’s nomination? For sure.