So why are Democrats turning their ire on their own Senators, such as Indiana's Joe Donnelly, who intend to vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court?
Why is Chuck Schumer publicly announcing that there will be a filibuster?
Rich Lowry in the New York Post says it's a singularly stupid move in Senate history:
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a delightful and surprising show of resolve, has made it clear he'll respond with the unfortunately named "nuclear option."Throughout its history, the US Senate has experienced disgraceful filibusters (Strom Thurmond against the 1957 Civil Rights Act), entertaining filibusters (Huey Long in 1935 reciting a fried oyster recipe) and symbolic filibusters (Rand Paul making a point about drone strikes in 2013). But the filibuster Chuck Schumer is about to undertake against Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination is perhaps the institution’s dumbest.It won’t block Gorsuch, won’t establish any important jurisprudential principle and won’t advance Democratic strategic goals, indeed the opposite. A Gorsuch filibuster would be an act of a sheer partisan pique against the wrong target, with the wrong method, at the wrong time.The effort to portray Gorsuch as out of the mainstream has fallen flat. He has the support of President Barack Obama’s former solicitor general, Neal Katyal. He got the American Bar Association’s highest rating. He’s been endorsed by USA Today. He will receive the votes of at least three Democratic senators. Some radical.From the moment of his announcement by President Trump to the very last question at his confirmation hearings, Gorsuch has been an exemplary performer, whose deep knowledge has been matched by his winning temperament. The attack on him as an enemy of the little man is based on a few decisions where he clearly followed the law, even though it resulted in an unsympathetic outcome.
The "M"SM is taking every opportunity to use that term, as if Republicans would be doing something dastardly.
John Steele Gordon at Commentary says that not only would ending the filibuster for nominations - a different critter from legislation - not be dastardly, it would be great:
The Senate, according to Thomas Jefferson, is meant to be “the saucer in which to cool the coffee.” The House, all of whose members are up for election every two years, tends to respond to every political whim. The Senate, with six-year terms and only one-third up for electio
The point about McCain types is quite relevant here. This is a week for being on guard for Senators who exhibit symptoms of Reasonable Gentleman Syndrome. The Freedom-Haters are in war mode. Constitutionalists must unflinchingly respond in kind.