President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, has been confirmed, but not before Senate Republicans invoked the nuclear option to get him through. The GOP changed the rules to invoke cloture through a simple majority rather than the usual 60 votes.
Senate Democrats, acting like children, decided to cobble together at least 41 members of their caucus to block Gorsuch, the first time a Supreme Court nominee has been subject to a partisan filibuster for no reason other than Gorsuch being nominated by Trump.
Democrats are still angry that Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland was not considered by the Senate Republican leadership.
Democrats have conveniently forgotten the ‘Biden rule’ that the Senate should not consider the nomination of a candidate to the U.S. Supreme Court in an election year.
The ‘Biden rule’ refers to a Senate floor speech on June 25, 1992 by then Senator Joe Biden. He gave the speech even though there was no nominee to consider because there was no Supreme Court vacancy to fill. But that was Joe Biden - running off his mouth when he should have kept silent.
Republicans have used that as the reason for not acting on Obama’s Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland.
As my grandmother often said, “what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander”