Even before President Trump named Neil Gorsuch as his pick to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court Democratic Party leaders led by the Senate Minority Leader, New York’s Chuckie Schumer, were telling lies/spinning the truth about the history of recent Senate confirmation votes with statements such as justices are always approved with 60+ votes, or this is a stolen court seat.
The below substitutes facts for the nonsense people like little Chuckie Schumer (D-NY) has been spewing:
Schumer/Democratic Party Claim Number One: Republicans should not even think about using the nuclear option, Supreme Court Justices are always confirmed with a bi-partisan vote above the 60+filibuster threshold.
Here the NY Senator’s claim is half-true. Nominees of Democratic Party Presidents usually zip through with little or no opposition. However when evaluating candidates from GOP presidents the Democrats are not always as non-partisan as Republicans. Robert Bork, a brilliant jurist was slandered and rejected, Justice Clarence Thomas was slandered but passed with only 52 votes, and Justice Samuel Alito was approved with only 52 votes.
In 2006, when Alito’s nomination came up for a vote, John Kerry (D-MA) led a filibuster and did his best to smear Alito (perhaps because he didn’t have Israel to lie about yet)
“Judge Alito will take America backward, especially when it comes to civil rights and discrimination laws. It’s our right and our responsibility to oppose him vigorously and to fight against this radical upending of the Supreme Court.”
Some of the senators who joined Kerry in the failed filibuster attempts were: Dick Durban (D-Il), Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Joe Biden of (D-DE), Harry Reid (D-NV), and the junior senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, and of course Chuckie Schumer.
On January 29, 2006, Mr. Obama told George Stephanopulos on “This Week” that he would “be supporting the filibuster because I think Judge Alito, in fact, is somebody who is contrary to core American values, not just liberal values, you know. When you look at his decisions in particular during times of war, we need a court that is independent and is going to provide some check on the executive branch, and he has not shown himself willing to do that repeatedly.”
Actually, to be fair Schumer wasn’t picking on Alito. He promised to try to filibuster every candidate that Bush #41 nominated. In July 2007 he said:
“We should not confirm any Bush nominee to the Supreme Court except in extraordinary circumstances,” Schumer said. “They must prove by actions not words that they are in the mainstream rather than we have to prove that they are not.”