Democratic Senator on Trump SCOTUS Nominee: I'll Push For A Hearing And A Vote (And Others Agree With Him)
Christmas came early.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that he would fight “tooth and nail” a nominee that is not of the mainstream. In other words, if the nominee isn’t Garland or some other left-of-center jurist. The problem is that the reported top two leading contenders to be nominated by Trump tonight—Judges Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman—are mainstream in the sense that the Senate unanimously confirmed them in 2006 and 2007 when they took their seats on the Tenth and Third Circuit Court of Appeals respectively. They’re okay for the federal court but not the highest federal court. That’s going to be an interesting argument for the Left to make.
Yet, as both sides seem to be preparing for war over SCOTUS, there is one Senate Democrat who will push for a hearing and a vote—and he may have others who agree with his sentiment to avoid nuking the filibuster for future Supreme Court nominations (via CNN)