The Neil Gorsuch war heats up today. The Senate Judicial Committee is to hold its vote today to send Neil Gorsuch to the full Senate for confirmation. If Gorsuch gets approved because McConnell decides to change the rules to keep Democrats from filibustering his nomination, our democracy will face a new dilemma.
The real question is are the Democrats barking up the wrong tree in their disgust for Gorsuch? They have lots of good reasons to oppose Gorsuch. For one, he is definitely a right-wing nut job, in my opinion, and was very evasive in his answers to some very pointed questions. He wouldn’t even go so far as to say things like Roe v. Wade is the law of the land that was settled by a Supreme Court Decision.
His record shows that he favors the “fat cats” over the little guy. He has made some horrible decisions when it comes to worker safety, disabled education they require and worker’s rights. But, are those the reasons that Democrats should be using to fight him so hard?
They are being handed something and they aren’t hitting it out of the park. Republicans are arguing that no Supreme Court Nominee has been denied because of “partisan” filibustering. They are half right. In 1968 a Supreme Court Nominee was denied his seat due to a filibuster. Only in that case there was enough screaming from both parties that it was considered a bipartisan filibuster.
Then there was the case of Bork. He wasn’t filibustered, but he did withdraw because he was so bad he had no choice because there would clearly have been a filibuster. But, being half-true in your claim doesn’t make you truthful.
You also have to look at the other side of the coin. In total honesty, never in our history was a Supreme Court Nominee totally ignored for partisan reasons. At least not until last year when the Republicans totally ignored the nomination of Garland.
Their argument of not approving a nominee from a President in his last year of office was bogus then, and it is bogus now. The idea that McConnell is trying to push that the Democrats would have done the same thing flies in the face of past history. Kennedy was approved in the last year of a President’s term, and Democrats did not ignore the nomination like it never happened.
Which brings us to the “cheaters” claim. Republicans are willing to break any of the so-called “sacred rules” of the Senate if it is to their advantage. They will cry bloody murder if the Democrats do the same thing.
Remember the howls that Republicans made over the change in rules to get lower court appointees confirmed? There were so many open court seats that something had to be done. The reason was because Republicans were “filibustering” those lower seats nominations because they believe the nominees were too “liberal” for them. Wouldn’t you call that partisan?
But even then, the Democrats knowing how important the Supreme Court is, they left the filibuster rule in place for that court. Now, Republicans are claiming that if Democrats demand a “super majority” to approve a Supreme Court nominee, they will change the rules so they can ram through anyone they want.
Some pundits are arguing that fighting against Gorsuch and letting the Republicans change the rules now will hurt with the next Supreme Court nomination fight. I don’t see it that way. If Republicans are still in control when the next vacancy opens, they will simply change the rules then to get who they want.
Neil Gorsuch is a terrible choice to sit on the Supreme Court. He would prefer to let a company fire a truck driver because he chose to break one rule to keep from freezing to death. His argument: “The law is the law and I must rule on the law”. Sorry, as a Supreme Court Justice it is your responsibility to protect the minorities and average people from unjust and unfair laws. Not to rubber stamp them. If he refused to do that on an Appeals Court, he won’t do it on the Supreme Court.
With Justices like him on the court, we would never have had school desegregation, inter-racial marriages, same-sex marriages, civil rights, or voting rights. All of those unjust and unfair laws were overturned by the Supreme Court. With Justices like Gorsuch, those laws would have remained because as Gorsuch says “the law is the law”.
The real problem with the Gorsuch nomination is that it should never have taken place. There should never have been an opening right now. If Republicans had done their job and defended the Constitution as they swore to do, Justice Garland would be on the Court and there wouldn’t even be an opening to cause this fight.
I will stand by my previous statement that as far as I am concerned Neil Gorsuch is nothing more than a ultra-right wing snake oil salesman masquerading in a business suit. In my world, evading answering questions is just as bad as out lying. To me, his polished evasions during his hearing was nothing more than outright lying. As I watched the hearings, I wanted to scream out “Just answer the damn question ass hole!”
So, as with everything else Republicans have touched over the last eight years, rules mean nothing to them. If they need to change the rules to screw over the American People, they will change the rules. If that means a little more of our democracy is harmed, that is okay with them. Power is the only measure of their world.
I dare Republican Senators to join the Democrats in fighting this horrible nominee. Gorsuch may come across as a charming nice guy. But, according to the stories in the Bible, so does Satan. Gorsuch would be a disaster for our country and the rights of minorities and average workers for years to come. He must not get on the Court, but with the cheaters in charge, there is little anyone can do to stop them from the outside. Republican Senators who have an ounce of integrity and love for country will help stop putting him on the court.
But, I haven’t seen any integrity or love for country from today’s Republican Party. Today’s Republican Party created the partisanship in our Congress and our Politics today. This is not about ideology either. It is about what is right and what the Court is supposed to be. The protector of the rights granted under the Constitution. Even still, Republicans are not about to give up the ghost in the name of what is right. And we all lose.
And, the shirts keep marching along.