From the Washington Post:
Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s pick to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, faced a critical blow on Thursday as Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he would join with other Democrats in attempting to filibuster the nomination — a move that could complicate his confirmation and lead to a total revamp of how the U.S. Senate conducts its business.
Since last year’s elections, Democrats have threatened to force Trump’s Supreme Court nominees to clear procedural hurdles requiring at least 60 senators to vote to end debate and proceed to a confirmation vote. Republicans are eager to confirm Gorsuch before an Easter recess next month, but with no Democrat expressing support for Gorsuch, they are threatening to change Senate rules to ensure the judge’s swift confirmation by allowing Supreme Court picks to be confirmed with a simple majority vote.
Although it is not yet clear whether the Democrats have the votes to sustain a filibuster, Schumer’s move increases pressure on fellow Democrats to follow suit. The GOP had better get ready to break out the nuclear football. As I predicted:
Expect the Democrats to filibuster every SCOTUS nominee that President Trump produces. The GOP will most certainly have to nuke the filibuster option if any of Trump’s nominees are to receive the Senate’s consent to serve.
Democratic opposition to such an eminently qualified judge is foolish in the extreme. This is either an ineffectual payback for the rebuff of Merrick Garland or it’s a surrender to a rabid constituency which insists on opposing everything associated with Trump. In either case, this move is infantile and lays bare to moderates who the real extremists are.