Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia, needs sixty votes in the Senate to be confirmed to our nation’s highest court. On Sunday, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told NBC’s Meet the Press that he is confident Gorsuch does not have the backing of the requisite 60 votes.
From NBC News: “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, “Trump should gather with Senate Democrats and Republicans to try to come up with a mainstream nomine…When a nominee doesn’t get 60 votes, you shouldn’t change the rules, you should change the nominee.”
Should Democrats successfully block Gorsuch from receiving 60 votes, it appears that Mitch McConnell is willing to invoke the so-called “nuclear option,” which could, notwithstanding Democrats’ actions, jam Gorsuch through the Senate. Such a move would mark just the latest destruction on the rules, customs, and procedures of the Senate by McConnell, who infamously refused to allow even a Senate hearing for Merrick Garland, Pres. Obama’s rightful nominee for the position Gorsuch is seeking.