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Thursday, April 6, 2017

It's a C-SPAN Kinda Day



The Gorsuch confirmation fight comes to a head today. Joan McCarter walks us through how this works:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is set this morning, starting at 11:00 ET, to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, one way or another. The one way will be by blowing up the filibuster when at least 45 Democrats vote against advancing the nomination. It’s worth remembering now what McConnell said back in 2013, when after years of trying to negotiate with Republicans who had been blocking dozens and dozens of Obama nominees, Harry Reid changed the rules. Reid would "be remembered as the worst leader of the Senate ever" for making that change, charged McConnell. Well, here we go.
Here’s how it happens. The Senate comes in at 10:00 and McConnell bitches and moans about how he's being forced to do this, what a fine man Gorsuch is and Democrats are ruining the Senate. Then Democratic leader Chuck Schumer will likely remind the body that this is entirely an event created by McConnell, that his unprecedented, unprincipled, unconstitutional blockade of President Obama's nominee Merrick Garland set the stage for what they're about to do.
That business will take about an hour and then at 11:00, they will have the first procedural vote, the cloture vote on the Gorsuch nomination going forward. It will fail.

That's where we are; the vote failed, falling five votes of the 60 required.

Read the rest of Joan's post to see what's next.

It looks like the nuclear option will be invoked by the Republicans, which means Gorsuch will likely be confirmed. The confirmation of Judge Gorsuch is really the first irreversible, permanent blow to our country caused by the treasonous theft of the election in November; he will ensure that one of nine seats on the highest court in the country is held by a judge with no consideration for human beings for the next couple of decades, at minimum.

And there will be nothing we can do, even if the Russia investigations put basically everyone in the regime in prison.

I've been dreading this day for a while, and I'm just crossing my fingers for a miracle.

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