Senate Republicans are getting ready to go nuclear as a reaction to a organized Democratic filibuster of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
Through deploying the alleged “nuclear option,” Republicans will adjust Senate guidelines to eliminate the 60-vote threshold necessary to conclude the debate on a Supreme Court nominee, enabling Gorsuch and any upcoming nominees to be confirmed with just a 51-vote majority.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he has provided the votes needed for the nuclear option, yet there’s one Republican senator who’s distanced from the pack.
Sen. John McCain, R-Az., is not just voicing his dissatisfaction of the possible use of the nuclear option. The Arizona senator is calling anybody who thinks the rule modification is a good idea a “stupid imbecile.”
“I would like to meet that idiot, I’d like to meet the numskull that would say that,” McCain told reporters Tuesday. “That after 200 years, at least 100 years of this tradition, where the Senate has functioned pretty well, they think it would be a good idea to blow it up.”
McCain stated that a long term change to Senate guidelines for the sole intent of getting Trump’s nominee confirmed would be a “body blow to the institution,” and would steer the Senate down a slippery slope.
“Whoever said that is a stupid idmbecile who hasn’t been here and seen what I’ve been through and how we’ve been able to avoid that on several occasions — they’re stupid and have deceived their voters because they’re so stupid,” he raved.
McCain was talking about similar situations in the past, where presidential nominees experienced partisan filibusters. He cited the “Gang of 14” in 2005 that was able to avoid a long term rule change. Despite the fact that “the atmosphere is different” today, according to the Arizona senator.
He added that “it’s a fairly recent thing to filibuster executive branch appointments,” and that the upcoming rule change will “even that up so the Supreme Court confirmation process is dealt with just like it was throughout the history of the country.”
McConnell has dedicated himself to getting Gorsuch confirmed on Friday. How it develops “will depend on our Democratic friends,” the Senate Majority Leader informed Fox News host Dana Perino.
McConnell regarding Gorsuch’s filibuster:“I think they’re responding to their base, which says ‘Resist everything.’ It’s particularly ridiculous to watch it on Gorsuch because there are no good arguments to vote against Gorsuch. None whatsoever,”.