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Any reason for nerves in Gorsuch vote today?

Have you ever been in a situation where you thought you had something “in the bag” yet were nervous because there were a lot of things that could still go wrong?

Think about it. There probably have been many a jittery would-be spouse who counted the minutes before “I do” fearing their fiancé might bolt for the church exit door; and many a used car salesman has fidgeted Cloture voteuncontrollably until his unsuspecting customers finally signed their purchase papers; and certainly many a congressional leader has sweated until the votes came in to pass a career altering measure.

Mitch McConnell may be getting a similar feeling with the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch this week. Republicans will most likely have the chance to push the vaunted “nuclear option” button after the certain failure of the scheduled cloture vote today, yet there are rumors some of them are considering additional matters that may alter the delicate balance achieved within a mostly unified Republican caucus on the issue.

Joel Gehrke of the Washington Examiner reports, “Senate Republicans are considering a unilateral change to Senate procedures that would limit the ability of the minority party to drag out debate on executive branch nominees once the Senate votes to end debate on those nominees, known as cloture.

“Under the current process, voting for cloture on a nominee sets up 30 hours of post-cloture debate, then a confirmation vote. But Republicans are mulling whether to chop that down significantly, possibly as low as eight hours, in order to speed up the process of approving nominees.”

On the surface such a suggestion is non-controversial, but in this day and age where everything is politicized I can’t help but think the Republicans would be better off by not clouding the issue and simply settle for calling for an up or down vote on the “nuclear option.”

On Tuesday Mitch McConnell claimed to have the necessary votes to overcome the expected Democrat filibuster and end the practice permanently for Supreme Court nominees. Seeing as we’re not hearing the usual amount of “let’s blow the whole deal” noise from the mushy-moderate faction of GOP senators it definitely appears as though the launch codes have been distributed and the nuclear option will be deployed today.

That’s not stopping Democrats from making last ditch attempts to steer the course of the conversation back towards Gorsuch himself, though their thinly-masked political hit job doesn’t show much promise of bearing fruit this time.

They’re giving it the ‘ol college try nonetheless.

In a piece called “Gorsuch's writings borrow from other authors,” John Bresnahan and Burgess Everett of Politico reported, “Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch copied the structure and language used by several authors and failed to cite source material in his book and an academic article, according to documents provided to POLITICO.

“The documents show that several passages from the tenth chapter of his 2006 book, ‘The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,’ read nearly verbatim to a 1984 article in the Indiana Law Journal. In several other instances in that book and an academic article published in 2000, Gorsuch borrowed from the ideas, quotes and structures of scholarly and legal works without citing them.”

Of course in their article the Politico writers provided side-by-side comparisons of the texts in question. At worst Gorsuch is guilty of poor citation. If that were a disqualifying sin than 99 percent of the literate world should be committed to prison in their college English professor’s backyard.

Politico also dug up several academic “experts” who claimed Gorsuch was in the wrong with these writings, no doubt contributors to Democrats and devotees of the smear-at-all-hazards political philosophy of Chuck Schumer.

Up until now one of Gorsuch’s strongest selling points is he’s squeaky clean and beyond reproach when it comes to his academic record and legal writings. This latest effort is a blatant attempt from liberals and Democrats to make an 11th hour change to that narrative while hitting Gorsuch where it hurts the most.

They’re essentially trying to say Gorsuch isn’t who he says he is while accusing the judge of being the type of person who pores over obscure books and writings to steal material in hopes of never being caught. Even the Politico writers admit they haven’t done much delving into the full body of Gorsuch’s work product.

The tactic won’t fly; it has no wings.

You know Democrats are feeling pretty desperate when they’re bringing up plagiarism the day before the senate cloture vote. If there were anything to this story don’t you think it would have come out shortly after Gorsuch was announced as Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court?

Certainly somebody (maybe Susan Rice!) knew about these textual “similarities” weeks ago yet didn’t shuffle them on ahead to anxiously waiting Democrat senators who could have spent some of their hearing hours quizzing the nominee on his fondness for fraud instead of wiling away their time talking about poor Judge Merrick Garland, the guy who never got his chance at Supreme Court glory because of mean Mitch McConnell and the shark-toothed Republicans.

Thankfully the Trump White House didn’t take the attacks sitting down, producing a number of respected scholars who vouched for Gorsuch and said he did nothing wrong in his writings. Clearly the Trump people were aware of this potential issue ahead of time and were prepared to fight back whenever the occasion arose.

All of this is yet another desperate Democrat ploy to play naked politics in order to put questions in Americans’ minds about the validity of Gorsuch’s nomination and his ability to fairly judge the greatest legal issues of our time. It’s also perhaps planting the seed for future political attacks against the justice when he authors an opinion they don’t like.

Impeachment is the only way to remove a Supreme Court justice. Good luck getting that accomplished.

It’s also perhaps fodder for future campaigns against Trump’s nominees, where Democrats can say “He already nominated one justice who steals other people’s material and deprives citizens of their rights and now he's doing the same thing with Judge X.”

Or, “See, they ripped the filibuster right out of our hands and now we have no ability to stop this judge who will summarily take away a woman’s right to choose, a gay couple’s right to marry and a transgender individual’s right to use the bathroom of his or her…or he/she…or, you know what I mean!

The good news is it looks like Republicans are finally ready to show some backbone and call the Democrats’ bluff on the filibuster. If going “nuclear” means honoring truth, respectability and the Founding Fathers’ original conception of how the system should function we should have done it long ago.

The Democrats have lost. Today (hopefully) paves the path for tomorrow’s confirming of Justice Neil Gorsuch. Don’t be nervous, right?

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NO Nerves For Gorsuch Vote

There's no biting finger nails for a vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to replace the late great Justice Antonin Scalia because he has credibility and will interpret the law aligned with the U.S. Constitution not with Judicial activism as the liberal left would want him to. He will be confirmed by a simple majority in Congress and not by a 60 vote and filibuster the Democrats want to deny him the confirmation.

The need for voters to react at the polls

We should all take note of those senators who have done everything they can to obstruct the confirmation of a SCOTUS seat that will make our government once again functional. Mark their names down and remember them at the polls in 2018. They are not friends of the people. They are not representative of the people. They jeopardize the workings of our government. Finally they have no business being on "the hill". Don't forget and take them out. Let our Congressional representatives know that there are consequences to their actions.

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Judge Gorshuch

The news on weak kneed McCain calling this maneuver crazy
does add some drama to this votes. If he can actually find
the nerve to bolt on this vote and take a couple of his RINO
friends with him, we could be in trouble. If it does not go
through, the leadership should make the Democrats filibuster
until hell freezes over before they abandon this fine nomination.