The Democratic base is spoiling for a fight.
They are demanding an all-out resistance to Donald Trump.
But one top Democrat just conceded defeat in a fight that would impact America for the next generation.
When Donald Trump nominated Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, some Democrats immediately talked up the idea of a filibuster.
They believed the seat was “stolen” because Mitch McConnell – who was only following the precedent set by then-Senator Joe Biden – refused to hold hearings on Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland since it was during an election year.
McConnell believed a lame duck President should not decide the makeup of the Supreme Court and that voters should have their say.
And in November, the American people chose Donald Trump – and one of the key reasons they chose him was because he had pledged to appoint conservative Supreme Court Justices.
Now that he’s made good on his word, there will be the usual confirmation battle.
But while some Democrats initially talked tough about filibustering Gorsuch’s nomination, reality has begun to set in.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand predicts Gorsuch will be confirmed.
One way or another, Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed to the Supreme Court, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand predicted on Tuesday evening.
The New York Democrat said either Gorsuch will garner 60 votes or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will rewrite the Senate rules to allow Gorsuch to be confirmed by a simple majority. It’s a rare concession that Republicans will win what’s shaping up to be a vicious fight between a Democratic base urging party leaders to fight President Donald Trump’s pick and Republicans who have said they will confirm Gorsuch by any means necessary.
While Gillibrand urged her colleagues to “vote their conscience” on Gorsuch during an interview with New York news channel NY1, she said that regardless of Democratic tactics, “ultimately, yeah I believe he will be” approved.
The senator said she opposes his nomination “because he is so ultra-right-wing conservative.”
“I hope we do vote him down. But make no mistake: If we do hold the line with 60 votes, Mitch McConnell will change the rules the next day,” Gillibrand said. “I do not have any hope that he won’t change the rules the minute he doesn’t get his way. So it likely will be 51 votes, regardless, at any given time that a nominee is blocked.”
Gillibrand has positioned herself as the most ruthless of Senators when it comes to opposing Donald Trump.
She has voted “no” on twelve of Trump’s fourteen cabinet nominees.
That is the most from any Senator – including even far-left Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Many speculate this is because Gillibrand is fighting to occupy the farthest left space in the Democrat Party in order to set up a 2020 Presidential run.
But even she acknowledged that Republicans have the votes and the rules in their favor.
So, one way or the other, Gorsuch is getting confirmed.
And this defeat could keep the Democrats from taking over the Supreme Court for an entire generation.