BOOM! Senate Republicans Invoke Nuclear Option Clearing Path For Gorsuch Confirmation

Democrats left Republicans with few other options here so they have no one to blame but themselves in this situation. Mitch McConnell has pretty much guaranteed that Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed as the newest judge on the Supreme Court by the weekend.

The New York Times reports:

Senate Republicans Deploy ‘Nuclear Option’ to Clear Path for Gorsuch

Senate Republicans changed longstanding rules on Thursday to clear the way for the confirmation of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court, bypassing a precedent-breaking Democratic filibuster by allowing the nomination to go forward on a simple majority vote.

In deploying the so-called nuclear option, lawmakers are fundamentally altering the way the Senate handles one of its most significant duties — a sign of the body’s creeping rancor in recent years after decades of at least relative bipartisanship on Supreme Court matters. Both parties have likewise warned of sweeping effects on the future of the court, predicting that the shift will lead to the elevation of more ideologically extreme judges if only a majority is required for confirmation.

The Senate then voted 55-45 to cut off debate — four votes more than needed under the new rules — and move to a final vote on Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation Friday evening, with a simple majority needed for approval.

Expect to hear nothing but outrage about this from Democrats and the media in the coming days.

This is going to trigger a lot of whining.

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