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Gorsuch confirmed 54-45

2017_04 Gorsuch and Reid

Three Democrats in the United States Senate — Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitcamp (N.D.) and Joe Manchin (W.V.) — joined with Republicans in voting to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

One Republican senator, Johnny Isakson (Ga.), did not vote because, as his office explained in a statement, he was “in Georgia today recovering from two back surgeries.”

Isakson made it clear that he supported Gorsuch and would have voted for him had he been in Washington today.

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http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/cnsnewscom-staff/3-democrats-break-ranks-vote-confirmation-gorsuch

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Democrats invented the judicial filibuster in 2003

In 2003, DEMOCRATS changed the threshold for judicial nominees from the traditional simple majority to a 60 vote standard.  They did this to deny confirmation to George W. Bush nominees.

In 2013, DEMOCRATS abolished the 60 vote standard for lower court judges, not because they thought SCOTUS was so different, but because there weren’t any SCOTUS judges up for confirmation.

During the 2016 campaign, they promised that, if Hillary won the presidency, they’d abolish the filibuster for SCOTUS appointments as well.

This week, Republicans did what Democrats did in 2013 and promised they’d do if Hillary had won.

2017_04 07 Nevertheless he persisted

Sen. John Cornyn’s Excellent Explanation of How Democrats Weaponized Cloture Votes [6:53]

The other thing Democrats are raging about is that the Republican-majority Senate refused to put Judge Merrick Garland — Obama’s nominee for Judge Antonin Scalia’s seat — up for a confirmation vote in 2016.

But once again, they’re playing the victim card on false pretenses.

The 2016 Scalia vacancy was the seventh time that the Senate has held a Supreme Court vacancy open rather than confirm an election-year nominee.

  • In 1960, Democrats passed a resolution against election year SCOTUS appointments.
  • In 1992, then-Senator Joe Biden, while serving as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made a speech about how the Senate should not confirm SCOTUS appointments during an election year.

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Enjoying a Little Nukie

2017_04 Gorsuch out of mainstream Dems say

From Stilton Jarlsberg:

History was made yesterday when, for the first time since our nation became a nation, Democrats filibustered an exemplary Supreme Court Nominee because – and we’ve got plenty of political scientists and analysts to back us up on this – they’re complete and total assholes.

The only way around this epic act of douchebaggery was for Senate Republicans to invoke the so-called “nuclear option,” which – disappointingly – did not require inviting Democrats to “a picnic and special surprise” in the remotest corner of Nevada while a gleeful Donald Trump punched their coordinates into his suitcase nuclear launch device.

Rather, it involved changing Senate rules to allow a Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed with a simple majority of 51 votes, rather than requiring the 60 votes which has traditionally been the standard. And under this rule, we should see standout nominee Judge Gorsuch confirmed for the Supreme Court sometime today.

We would say that the Democrats are losing their freaking minds over this, only that ship sailed a long time ago.

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They did it!

2017_04 Gorsuch filibuster Dem

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Senate approved a radical rules change today to allow Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to move to the final stage of being confirmed.

The U.S. Senate voted 52 to 48 to lower the number of votes that Gorsuch needs to be confirmed from 60 to 51. The Senate will likely vote on his confirmation tomorrow night.

The vote was along party lines.

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A History Lesson About Democrass Behavior

2017_03 Gorsuch filibuster

If you read nothing else about the Gorsuch confirmation battle, read this.

Democrats single-handedly and unilaterally introduced the concept of judicial filibusters against majority-supported nominees, then proceeded to unilaterally end it, all over the course of about a decade. They started the practice when they were in the minority, then blew it up when they were in the majority.

Republicans are not entirely blameless in these wars, as the GOP has inflamed tensions at various stages along the way, often through various forms of retaliation. But the broad-strokes record is clear:

  • The Democratic Party has been exclusively and repeatedly responsible for the biggest provocations, over the span of decades.
  • They have insisted upon an ever-changing set of standards under which they get their way, whether they are in or out of power.
  • They have sought to impose special restrictions on Republicans, shamelessly changing the rules of the game when the roles are reversed.

Modeling better behavior has not succeeded in shaming them. Targeted retaliation has not chastened them. They have increasingly approached these battles as zero-sum blood feuds, whereas Republicans have naively believed that honoring Senate traditions, with some turnabout sprinkled in, would dissuade their opponents from future provocations.

The Garland episode was an important turning point, when the GOP finally force-fed Democrats a taste of their own medicine; and boy, did they hate it.  And thus, a zero-sum fight, waged lopsidedly by one party for years, was at last fully engaged.

With their enraged base seething with blind fury, Democrats are now on the precipice of one final escalation. Democrats began and endlessly advanced this partisan war, but the time has come for Republicans to end it.

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https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2017/04/04/unprecedented-make-senate-democrats-pay-for-their-toxic-partisanship-n2308081

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I need some GOOD news

I didn’t sleep well last night, so I’m being gentle with me today. 🙂

FACT PP 20 to 1

Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND) have publicly pledged to vote for Neil Gorsuch. Both are up for reelection next year in states where Donald Trump won by massive margins.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-gorsuch-democrats-idUSKBN17131D

The Senate has passed a pro-life bill that allows states to defund Planned Parenthood, effectually overturning the HHS rule enforced by the Obama administration that prevented states from blocking Title X funding to abortion providers.  Senator Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia, had been away for two back operations.  So critical was this vote that he got his doctor’s permission to make the trip to vote Aye.  RINOs Collins (ME) and Murkowski (AK) voted with the Democrats, leaving the vote at 50-50.  Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote.

http://www.lifenews.com/2017/03/31/pro-life-hero-senator-recovering-from-surgery-used-walker-get-to-vote-for-defunding-planned-parenthood/

North Carolina’s GOP-led legislature repealed the “bathroom” law, after agreeing to a deal with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to strip away its language requiring people to use only public bathrooms that match their biological sex.  Basically, life in NC public jons goes back to where it was, with trannies who can pass using the bathroom of choice, while blocking the creeps.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/north-carolina-repeals-part-of-hb2-transgender-bathroom-law

President Donald Trump appointed Roger Severino to lead the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR).  Severino, a Harvard Law graduate, comes to HHS from the Heritage Foundation, where, according to his bio, he worked on religious freedom, marriage, and life issues and directed the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society in the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/new-hhs-official-has-strong-background-in-religious-freedom-civil-rights-99302/

Former President Jimmy Carter said on the Laura Ingraham show: “I’ve signed a public letter calling for the Democratic Party at the next convention to espouse my position on abortion which is to minimize the need, requirement for abortion and limit it only to women whose life are in danger or who are pregnant as a result of rape or incest. I think if the Democratic Party would adopt that policy that would be acceptable to a lot of people who are now estranged from our party.”

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/03/29/jimmy-carter-democrats-should-abandon-pro-abortion-position/

This man’s ear was miraculously healed, thanks to the intercession of St. Katharine Drexel.  He relates, “I went into the hospital for an exploratory operation. The doctor told us that there were three bones in the ear that you needed to be able to hear, and two of mine in the right ear had been destroyed by the infection. He said I’d never hear in my right ear again.  A few days later, I told my mother that I could hear fine out of both my ears. The doctor gave me a hearing test and confirmed it.”  His healing was one of the miracles that led to Katharine’s canonization.

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimgraves/this-mans-ear-was-miraculously-healed-thanks-to-st.-katharine-drexel

Life is unpredictable and doctors can be wrong!  Twenty-five years ago, Sandra Norman’s OB told her she should abort her unborn child.  They refused, but asked a priest to be at the hospital when their daughter was born so that she could be baptized. The grieving couple also picked out a coffin and dress for their daughter’s burial.  Their daughter Rachel now is 25 years old, has a college degree, and is engaged to be married. Though her inherited kidney disorder continues to be a struggle, she is glad to be alive.

http://www.lifenews.com/2017/03/31/they-told-her-parents-she-would-die-at-birth-look-at-her-25-years-later/

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Liberal Nightmare: Trump could appoint half federal judiciary!

Dems remove filibuster

There are currently over 100 vacancies on the benches of lower federal courts (appeals and district) , and many more are likely to open up due to the large number of older judges in these positions.

While the lower courts attract a fraction of the public’s attention, they represent most of the federal docket. Only 15 percent of cases ever move past a district court judge to the circuit courts. Of these, only a tiny fraction make their way to the Supreme Court.

Republicans don’t even need to go “nuclear” on these lower federal court nominations; the Democrats already did that in 2013.

The Republican majority can vote all these Trump appointees in as fast as they get nominated.

Bwahahahaha!!!

William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection wrote:

“When will the Dem base become woke? The day after Gorsuch is confirmed, when they realize the folly of Harry Reid’s ways.

“And at that point, it’s going to be like election night and Inauguration day combined.”

::gigglingmadly::

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Not a one of them spoke a word

Ted Cruz Pulls Democrats’ Pants Down on Opposition to Judge Gorsuch

2017_03 Gorsuch - My job

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