March 23, 2017

The Gorsuch dilemma

Politico: A group of Senate Democrats is beginning to explore trying to extract concessions from Republicans in return for allowing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed… The lawmakers worry that Gorsuch could be confirmed whether Democrats try to block him or not — and Democrats will be left with nothing to show for it. That would be a bitter pill after the GOP blocked Merrick Garland for nearly a year. The deal Democrats would be most likely to pursue, the sources said, would be to allow confirmation of Gorsuch in exchange for a commitment from Republicans not to kill the filibuster for a subsequent vacancy during President Donald Trump’s term.

Sam Smith - While Gorsuch is hard to read, my best guess is that his biggest sin is that he's one of those lawyers who puts the law ahead of life, witness the frozen trucker case. Parsing words comes ahead of preserving sanity. This does not, however, means that he would want to be the poster boy of a decision against gays or abortion. And the danger is that the Democrats can probably get away with only one rejection and god knows who Trump would come up with next.

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