On Thursday, Republicans finally put a dagger into the heart of the Democrat’s hypocritical opposition to Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Democrats foolishly launched a political kamikaze attack on Gorsuch, ignoring that in 2013, then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) destroyed the filibuster for judicial nominees, and that attempting to filibuster Gorsuch would result in a similar action from Republicans.
And indeed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – a man I seriously doubted would invoke the nuclear option if need be – finally fulfilled a promise and did what needed to be done.
Democrats are beside themselves:
But the truth is that they celebrated when Reid did the same thing:
Good for Republicans.
There are some who are claiming that this is a bad move for Republicans, or that some sort of grave tragedy has taken place. But the destruction of the filibuster happened under Democrats, and Republican attempts to create a mutually assured destruction obviously failed when Democrats decided to filibuster Gorsuch – a consensus nominee filling the seat of a constitutional originalist. It was an idiotic move by Democrats, and one that forced Republicans’ hand. Democrats did this because they wanted to show they opposed Trump. Instead, they have now created a precedent that could be used by Republicans not only on Gorsuch, but on more controversial nominees.