New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters appeared on MSNBC today to talk about the Democrats decision to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch, a man who by all accounts is eminently qualified to become the next associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
Gorsuch was was unanimously confirmed to the federal bench some ten years ago, he has been in the majority opinion 97% of the time, and he has only had 1 opinion overruled by the Supreme Court. He has earned the accolades of both conservatives and liberals and he has had some very prominent legal scholars and politicians (again, from both sides of the aisle) speak out for his confirmation. Sadly, the Democrats don’t care how qualified the man is, they plan to do their best to scuttle his nomination any way they can.
Peters argues that this is a short-sighted mistake of gargantuan proportions.
“When the Democrats changed that rule in 2013, they opened the door for this to happen. What Democrats right now are being a little short-sighted about… is that you don’t know what’s going to happen on the next Supreme Court fight. You don’t know how politically weakened Trump will be. You don’t know what kind of nominee he puts forward. So to waste this bullet now, seems awfully short-sighted…
And the next one, we know, now he will have carte blanche. He could say, ‘You know what? I’m going to nominate Ted Cruz, Democrats, because you screwed around with me last time. You tried to block my nominee who by all accounts did a very good job in his confirmation hearings, and has unquestionable qualifications.’”
This is the real mistake that some pundits think the Democrats are making. The President chose an excellent candidate for the court with his first selection and the Democrat Party has no room to argue that Judge Gorsuch is an ‘extremist’ or ‘unqualified.’ Gorsuch is a brilliant jurist who has an impeccable reputation among his peers and the Democrat decision to filibuster him is nothing but politics. So, when President Trump gets his opportunity to name another Supreme Court justice he’ll just tell everyone that it doesn’t matter who he picks – the Democrats will oppose them… so he’s going to pick the candidate that he likes best, no matter how upset it makes the Democrat Party.