by Gina Cassini | Top Right News
Senate Democrat leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) thought he would be crippling President Trump’s first nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court when he launched a filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch this week.
But today three of his own colleagues pulled the rug out from under Schumer — with a vote on Trump’s solid pick less than a week away.
Two Democrat Senators announced that not only will they refuse to join a filibuster, but will also vote for Gorsuch to sit on the nation’s highest court.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) made their announcements Thursday.
“Throughout Judge Gorsuch’s career, he has come to his legal rulings objectively, through the letter of the law rather than through his own opinion,” Manchin said in his statement. “I hold no illusions that I will agree with every decision Judge Gorsuch may issue in the future, but I have not found any reasons why this jurist should not be a Supreme Court Justice.”
I will vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the ninth justice on the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/MpVbaqf0LB
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) March 30, 2017
The more liberal Heitkamp joined Manchin in support:
“Regardless of which party is in the White House, the U.S. Supreme Court should be above politics.”
BOOM. There’s a lesson ol’ Chuckie should learn (but never will).
I will vote for Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Here's my full statement: pic.twitter.com/pDdhde7mGF
— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) March 30, 2017
And perhaps the unkindest cut of all, one of the most liberal Democrats in Congress — Sen. Pat Leahy of Vermont, who is also the most senior Democrat Senator — also announced he will not join Schumer’s filibuster.
That was a CRUSHING blow.
Although Leahy will not vote for Gorsuch, it won’t matter, as Trump’s big pick will win easy confirmation if Chuckie’s gambit to block the vote fails…as it increasingly appears it will.
Schumer can’t even get his own troops in line, let alone stop Trump from putting a conservative on the Court — after Republicans successfully blocked Obama’s final pick for nearly a year.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on April 3. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-K.Y., said they plan to vote to confirm Gorsuch on the Senate floor on April 7.