Donald Trump supports ending the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees
I still remember Harry Reid and the Democrats saying that Republicans should thank them for ending the filibuster on lower court nominees and some cabinet appointees but somehow I do not think they are laughing any more now that Donald Trump is the President and the Republicans have a majority in both the House and the Senate.
Now the Democrats might really be regretting their decision with the news that Donald Trump supports ending the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees, here is more:
President Donald Trump and some Senate Republicans are now openly threatening to kill the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees — a pronouncement sure to inflame a brewing battle with Democrats over Trump’s choice to replace the late Antonin Scalia.
Trump said Thursday that he would encourage Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to deploy the “nuclear option” — changing Senate rules on a majority vote — if Democrats block his Supreme Court pick. The president’s stance could amplify pressure on McConnell — a Senate institutionalist who is reluctant to further erode the chamber’s supermajority rules — to barrel through Democratic resistance by any means necessary.
While it is unclear if Mitch McConnell will go along with this it is gaining support with some Republicans:
“I would have to say if they knuckle down on it and and do a straight party-line [vote], I think that the filibuster rule is possibly in danger as far as Supreme Court judges are concerned,”said Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho). “We are going to fill that Supreme Court seat period.”
On a side note: Did you notice how Politico is calling this the “nuclear option?” It was called the “nuclear option” when the Republicans threatened to do this when George W Bush was President but the term was changed to the “Constitutional option” when Barack Obama was President. Now it is the “nuclear option” again…
The irony here is threefold: Democrats are now upset about this possibility when they supported Harry Reid for ending the filibuster in 2013, while the Republicans who opposed Harry Reid’s decision are now embracing the so-called “nuclear option.” It is also ironic Republicans are complaining about the Democrats trying to block Donald Trump’s soon to be named choice after they blocked Barack Obama’s nominee. It is all a game of chess to them, none of them really care about anything other than giving themselves more power when they are in the majority.
And I guess a fourth irony would be this is one of the main reasons Donald Trump won the election in the first place…
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium