You can’t blame a guy for trying! Chuck Schumer was on Meet the Press yesterday and suggested that the best course of action on the Supreme Court would be for Trump to allow Democrats and maybe a few Republicans to choose a new nominee besides Gorsuch.
NBC News has the details:
As the Senate gears up to consider President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer predicted Sunday that “it looks like Gorsuch will not reach the 60-vote margin” needed to overcome a filibuster.
If the 60 votes aren’t there, Schumer argued during an appearance on “Meet The Press,” Trump should gather with Senate Democrats and Republicans to “try to come up with a mainstream nominee.”
“Look, when a nominee doesn’t get 60 votes, you shouldn’t change the rules, you should change the nominee,” said Schumer, D-New York.
In 2013, then-Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, made an unprecedented change in Senate rules to use the “nuclear option” and set a 51-vote threshold for Cabinet appointees and most judicial nominees, rather than 60 votes.
Meanwhile, the current Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, projected that it was possible this week that the Senate could take that one step further and force the rule changes to include Supreme Court nominees.
Here’s the video:
Sen. Schumer on Gorsuch nominee: "When a nominee doesn't get 60 votes, you shouldn't change the rules — you should change the nominee." pic.twitter.com/1QmmZZSkcT
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) April 2, 2017
Nice try, Chuck! Not gonna happen.