Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who now heads up the party of no, has threatened to filibuster any vote in the Senate for SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch. If you asked the Capitol Hill veteran if he thought he was being at all hypocritical, he would probably bristle at the suggestion. In that case, you could always show him the video below from 2013.
The featured player in this little drama is then-Majority Leader Harry Reid, who announces plans in the Senate to end the filibuster for most presidential appointments. After Reid drones indignantly on for a minute and a half about the Republicans’ obstinacy and refusal to accept that a Democrat was elected president, Schumer ties up the remarks in a bow. Beginning at 1:32, he says:
We’d much prefer the risk of up-or-down votes in majority rule then the risk of continued total obstruction that’s the bottom line no matter who’s in power.
That, as they say, was then. And this is now:
I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. His nomination will have a cloture vote. He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation my vote will be no and I urge my colleagues to do the same.
So what happened? Does Schumer suffer from sort of mental disorder that makes him forget his recent stances?
Judge Gorsuch has been widely praised as an excellent pick for the nation’s highest court, even receiving the American Bar Association’s highest rating. He is so well-regarded that when George W. Bush nominated him for an appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2006, he was confirmed unanimously 95-0 in the Senate. Check out the names of some of the Democrats who voted to confirm:
Did you notice Schumer’s name in the second group?
He would have you think his interests are what’s best for the country. In reality, Schumer is nakedly political in everything he does.
Cross-posted at The Lid