by Lucia Graves
In nominating Neil Gorsuch to the supreme court, Donald Trump just gave Senate Republicans exactly what they’ve long hoped for in filling Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat – and Democrats should do everything in their power to stop it.
It’s not that Gorsuch’s record is significantly more problematic than that of anyone else on Trump’s shortlist (he is, in many ways, merely Scalia’s ideological twin). It’s that Scalia’s successor should have rightfully been Obama’s to choose, and Democrats should return the favor by pushing Republicans to the legal limit, including making Republicans eliminate the filibuster on supreme court nominations.
Senate Republicans shamelessly played out the clock on the president’s dwindling tenure. After vowing to filibuster anyone Obama picked, they lived up to their word in refusing to hold a single confirmation hearing even for his eventual highly moderate selection of Merrick Garland. It was the perfect cherry atop an administration marked by Republican intransigence and opposition to practically every policy proposal put forward by the president. CONTINUE READING AT THE GUARDIAN
Scalia’s successor should have rightfully been Obama’s to choose, and Democrats should return the favor by pushing Republicans to the legal limit.