By: Kym Grinnage email
Friday, April 7th will be known as a date in history when the Senate voted to change the rules to allow the Senate to confirm a judge with a simple majority of 51 votes, for a lifetime appointment to, the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court.
The reason that the Senate has a 60-vote rule is to allow for a Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed with bi-partisan support. I believe that we are here now because of a flawed strategic move by the former the Senate leader, Democrat Senator Harry Reid, when he lead his party to vote for a change in the 60-vote rule for confirming presidential appointments. This expeditious move and lack of forethought has resulted in where we are now.
It was a political move that backfired and has given cover to Republican Senator Mitch McConnell to invoke the "nuclear option" to have Judge Neil Gorsuch confirmed with a simple majority. I blame both parties for failing to act like adults and to conduct themselves the way the Senate was designed to operate.
Of course, the pendulum swings both ways, and while the Republicans can celebrate a victory now, it is only a matter of time when a power shift will occur again and the shoe will be on the other foot.
This is unfortunate for the country, our legacy and it is wrong.
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