Yesterday, Donald Trump officially announced his intention to replace Justice Scalia with Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Democrats threatened to filibuster almost immediately but there isn’t really anything they can do to stop the confirmation process thanks to the precedent set by Harry Reid a few years back.
If so inclined, Republicans can rework the rules and use the “nuclear option” to ram Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation through.
Here’s more on that.
From USA Today:
What is the “nuclear option”?
It is a Senate rule that strips the minority party of the power to use a filibuster to block confirmation of a presidential nominee; instead of 60 votes, supporters need only 51 to confirm the nominee.
Can Republicans invoke the nuclear option to confirm Trump’s nominee?
Yes. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., could expand the nuclear option to apply to Supreme Court nominees. That would give Republicans — who hold 52 seats in the Senate — the power to easily confirm Trump’s choice. Democrats would no longer be able to use a filibuster to block confirmation.
President Trump made his intentions clear today.
He wants Mitch McConnell to “go nuclear” if Senate Democrats try to obstruct.
From The Daily Caller:
President Trump encouraged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “go nuclear” if there is Democratic opposition to his Supreme Court nominee.
“If we end up with the same gridlock that they’ve had in Washington, I would say, ‘If you can, Mitch, go nuclear,’” Trump said. “Because that would be an absolute shame if a man of this quality was put up to that neglect. I would say it’s up to Mitch, but I would say, ‘Go for it.’”
It is becoming increasingly clear that Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice.
Democrats have only themselves to blame.