Republicans will gut the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees if Democrats block President Trump’s first pick. Republicans will use the so-called “nuclear option.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he would do what Democrats did when they were in power. The nuclear option is when the senate moves to reduce the threshold. Clearing a filibuster from 60 votes to 51 votes. That would mean Democrats would likely lose leverage in the next S.C.O.T.U.S fight if Trump were to replace another justice. The GOP now has 52 seats in the Senate. If Republicans use the nuclear option, they won’t need find 8 Democrats to side with them.
Comments made by Republicans reveal they remember how they were treated by Democrats. Often Republicans were locked out of conference rooms while Democrats made decisions on health care. Democrats under Senator Harry Reids leadership were quick to use the nuclear option to pass Obama’s judicial court nominees. McConnell linked the rule change to the way they went about approving Obama’s health-care law with only Democratic votes.
If they preserve the filibuster now it might give Democrats leverage in the future. But the hard left won’t be satisfied by this strategy. We can expect more rage from the Democratic base that wants a furious Democratic response to President Trump’s court pick.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, No. 2 in leadership, called the discussion “speculative.” Some liberals argue they should battle anyone who is nominated in retribution for the Republicans’ handling of Garland. If you’ll remember in 2016 when President Barack Obama’s pick for the seat was left vacant after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia; Republicans refused to move for a vote on Garland because it was an election year. They believed the justice should be chosen by the next president. I say in this instance Republicans were correct, and Democrats are just bringing up another hypocritical argument. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked the so-called “Biden Rule” to justify why the Senate should not consider the nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court in an election year.
McConnell used Joe Biden’s own words from 1992, when George H.W. Bush was president and Biden was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to explain why he intended to block President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick in an election year.
“The Senate will continue to observe the Biden Rule so that the American people have a voice in this momentous decision” on who to name to the court, McConnell said in a March 16,1992 speech on the floor of the Senate.”
McConnell went on to quote some words from then-Judiciary Chairman Biden to show why the Senate’s disagreement with Obama is “about a principle, not a person.”Some of those Democrats say they could block a nominee for up to a year as retribution. That would keep the court divided 4-4 along ideological lines. If the Republicans invoke the nuclear option, they will just be living by the same rules Democrats set when they were in power. Pressure from liberal voters has politicized and complicates any move to delay a Supreme Court fight. Democrats are at it again. Proving they always put their own agenda ahead of the American people.