After making sure that President Trump spent the first two months of his presidency without a full cabinet Senate Minority Leader Chuck ‘The Obstructor’ Schumer (D-N.Y.) is looking for new ways to delay Judge Neil Gorsuch’s inevitable senate approval on his way to become the next associate Justice of the Supreme Court. At least the senator’s latest is creative. He is urging Republicans to delay a vote on Gorsuch because of the ongoing investigation into potential ties between Trump officials and Russia.
The Hill quotes Schumer as saying:
“It is unseemly to be moving forward so fast on confirming a Supreme Court justice with a lifetime appointment while this big gray cloud of an FBI investigation hangs over the presidency,”
- CNN’s John King: “Democrats Have Not Even Bruised, Blemished Anything To This Judge”
- CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson: “Very Warm, Affable, Down-Home Kind Of Person”
- MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell: “This Has Been A Slam Dunk”
- MSNBC’s Chris Jansing: “Impressively Disciplined Performance”
- MSNBC’s Ari Melbar: “I Didn’t See A Single Glove Laid On Him. He Performed Himself Admirably.”
Of course Chuck “The Obstructor” doesn’t see it that way. He sees it as “the height of irony” that Republicans blocked then-President Obama from filling the Supreme Court seat but are “now rushing” to confirm Gorsuch.
Chuck ‘The Obstructor’ Schumer forgets that blocking Obama’s attempt to fill the Supreme Court seat was a Democratic Party Idea.
It was the former SCHMOTUS, Joe Biden who as a senator in 1992 said:
I am sure, Mr. President, after having uttered these words some will criticize such a decision and say it was nothing more than an attempt to save the seat on the Court in the hopes that a Democrat will be permitted to fill it, but that would not be our intention, Mr. President, if that were the course to choose in the Senate to not consider holding hearings until after the election. Instead, it would be our pragmatic conclusion that once the political season is under way, and it is, action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over. That is what is fair to the nominee and is central to the process. Otherwise, it seems to me, Mr. President, we will be in deep trouble as an institution.
Chuck ‘The Obstructor’ Schumer took it a bit further, in July 2007 promised to try to filibuster any candidate that Bush #43 nominated:
“We should not confirm any Bush nominee to the Supreme Court except in extraordinary circumstances,” Schumer said. “They must prove by actions not words that they are in the mainstream rather than we have to prove that they are not.”
But with Chuck isn’t just the supreme court, filling his role as ‘The Obstructor’ Schumer tried to block ALL of Bush #43’s federal court picks, as the New York Times noted:
When Charles E. Schumer recommended using an extreme tactic the filibuster — to block some Bush administration nominees for federal judgeships, he put himself in the cross hairs of the president’s Republican and conservative allies.
Over the last two years, Mr. Schumer has used almost every maneuver available to a Senate Judiciary Committee member to block the appointment of the more controversial judges nominated by the Bush administration, drawing fire from the political right for both his method and his success.
Republicans should not even think about using the nuclear option, saying, “Supreme Court Justices are always confirmed with a bi-partisan vote above the 60+filibuster threshold.
Understand …this isn’t about policy…”The Obstructor” isn’t arguing policy, and if he did unlike the previous president, Trump would probably invite him to the White House for negotiations.
No, Chuck “The Obstructor” doesn’t want to negotiate, he just wants to prevent the government from operating.