Manchin becomes first Senate Dem to back Gorsuch

Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.), part of the unsuccessful Democratic ticket from 2016, told the Huffington Post past year that Democrats would do exactly what the Republicans are preparing to do with regard to the nuclear option in order to confirm a President Hillary Clinton's Supreme Court picks.

Schumer pointed out in his floor speech that Gorsuch repeatedly said during his hearings there are no Republican judges or Democratic judges. Senator Johnson said he was confident Gorsuch would remain a judge, and not a "super-legislator". Now, he's supporting a filibuster of Gorsuch.

The two New Mexico senators joined other Democrats, including some who are in swing states and up for election in 2018, in announcing they would filibuster the nomination.

Allow Gorsuch to have a floor vote and hold their fire for the next Supreme Court vacancy.

"I think, quite frankly, a lot of progress has been made", he says. Then came Democrats' rules change in 2013, and late a year ago the departing Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid, suggested that his party might invoke the nuclear option if they were to take the White House and Senate and still encounter GOP resistance over Supreme Court nominations.

Given they have life tenure, Supreme Court justices are free to make the decisions they want and have the opinions on cases that they feel are right without the threat of this affecting their possibilities after the court. It also gives the Senate Republicans the power to end filibusters of Supreme Court nominees.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he would oppose the nominee and lead Democrats in filibustering the choice.

"You had Reid breaking the rules to change the rules, so then you'd have McConnell breaking the rules to change the rules, and in essence it would be very easy the next time there is a big legislative issue, just to go ahead and do it", Corker said. "If the Democrats know that Mitch is ready to vote the nuclear option, they have no desire to not filibuster, right? He's going to be confirmed". And often, groups of lawmakers from both parties would come together at the last minute and hash out some sort of agreement. The Wednesday meeting was meant to be more detailed than the introductory session the two had early in the confirmation process, Manchin said. That would wipe out the 60 vote threshold needed for Supreme Court picks.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona usually played a role in those deals. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat.

George Will beat me to my idea for today's Thought of the Morning with a column about the Senate filibuster based on a recent talk by Rep. Tom McClintock, who argued in Hillsdale's Imprimis that what we should do is go back to the old way of doing filibusters.

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