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7 Facts Democrats Should Consider Before They Oppose Neil Gorsuch


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As Democrats prepare to attempt a historically unprecedented filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, it’s important to be able to separate fact from fiction as debunked talking points are repeated by people opposing the nominee.

Here are seven key facts to remember:

  1. There has never been a successful partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee. A Democrat-led partisan filibuster would be the first in U.S. Senate history, breaking centuries of precedent.
  2. Democrat Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin, Patty Murray, Patrick Leahy, Ron Wyden, Jack Reed, Tom Carper, Bill Nelson, Debbie Stabenow, Maria Cantwell, and Bob Menendez all previously supported Gorsuch’s 2006 nomination (did not raise objection during a voice vote) to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
  3. The American Bar Association unanimously gave Gorsuch its highest recommendation of “well qualified,” which Leahy and Schumer previously referred to as the “gold standard,” removing any doubt as to his qualifications to serve.
  4. Schumer decided to attempt to block any Trump Supreme Court nominee before Gorsuch was even named or testified. Here are two key quotes. On MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” (Jan. 3):

    Schumer: “It’s hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we could support.”

    Maddow: “So you will do your best to hold the seat open.”

    Schumer: “Absolutely.”

    And on CNN’s “State of the Union” (Jan. 22):

    Schumer: “ … we absolutely would keep the seat open. … We will fight it tooth-and-nail, as long as we have to.”

  5. President Bill Clinton’s and President Barack Obama’s first two nominees were each confirmed without needing 60 votes.
  6. The Washington Post gave Schumer’s “60 vote standard” claim “Two Pinocchios.” The Post wrote on Feb. 2:

    Democrats are being slippery with their language. Sixty votes is not ‘a standard’ for Supreme Court confirmations, as two of the current justices on the court did not meet that supposed standard.

  7. After Sen. Bernie Sanders repeated this claim, The Washington Post gave him “Three Pinocchios,” saying, “There is no ‘traditional’ 60-vote ‘standard’ or ‘rule’ for Supreme Court nominations, no matter how much or how often Democrats claim otherwise.”

Gorsuch has an incredible legal mind and a humility that keeps him grounded.

He has cleared every hurdle placed in front of him, so the minority has resorted to falsehoods and new standards along the way.

It’s quite clear that if he isn’t qualified, then nobody is. And, if you’d filibuster this judge, it’s obvious you’d filibuster anyone.

So, the actions by those who want to repeat falsehoods and join a filibuster is purely politics. Because, if you’re voting on his qualifications, it’s an easy “yes.”

Originally published by Sen. Chuck Grassley at The Daily Signal

  • mike

    The democrats will not get over that their slam dunk Pres. candidate, lost big time. They are acting like children and throwing a hissy fit. The good of the Nation be damn. They need a damn good spanking and sent to bed without supper. Oh yeal, I’m getting tired of hearing about Russian involvement. Its a deverison to hide the fact that obitch misused the intelligence agencies.

  • Jet-Eye

    After studying this issue for some time, it seems to me that the single most important issue is NOT retaliation for the Republican-majority Senate from holding a vote on then-President Obama’s nominee in the last year of his presidency. Remember, it is “Biden’s Rule” that no Supreme Court nominee should be considered in the last a presidency — ANY presidency.
    Rather, it is the single fact that Neil Gorsuch sticks to his originalist statements concerning the U.S. Constitution. That is like sunshine to a vampire.
    Senator Schumer knows very well that an originalist majority on the Supreme Court means the end to liberals legislating through litigation for at least a generation.
    Who would have thought that sticking to the words of the Constitution and not prostituting it with the notion of “modernization” would lead to such drastic action.

  • Robert Pekarik

    Don’t forget the democrats are communist and the main stream media is their propaganda arm.

  • BonLovesFreedom

    Maybe we should have only 7 people on the Supreme Court – get rid of Ginsberg. We also should make the seat good for 15-20 years instead of a lifetime appointment. Gorsuch was fine when the dimmies voted him into the 10th circuit, but now they oppose him…to what purpose and for no valid reason. Demonrats are tiresome. Gorsuch is 99.9% perfect to serve on our Supreme Court .

  • Kevin

    I just wish Chuckles the Clown Schumer would die of old age – very soon…

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