After much anticipation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) invoked the “nuclear option” on Thursday–halting Senate Democrats’ filibuster of the confirmation of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court. With the confirmation vote scheduled for April 7th, Gorsuch will quickly be approved and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to fill the vacant seat left by former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away last year.
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 6, 2017
UPDATE: Senate confirmation vote on Judge #Gorsuch will take place ~ 11:30am ET on Friday. Watch LIVE on C-SPAN2.
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 6, 2017
The Democratic Party’s opposition to Gorsuch, manifested in the filibuster that took place on Thursday morning before McConnell invoked the nuclear option, yet again highlights the hypocrisy of the Left.
If you recall, back in November after the election of President Donald J. Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Democrats protested Trump’s election, declaring that his election was illegitimate since Secretary Clinton had received a majority percentage of the national popular vote. Various members of the Democratic Party called for the abolishment of the Electoral College, thus promoting a direct democracy system of government.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 16, 2016
The presidency is the only office where you can get more votes & still lose. It's time to end the Electoral College. https://t.co/OXZ9vHaIH1
— Sen. Barbara Boxer (@SenatorBoxer) November 15, 2016
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— xoxo, Joanne (@ladygaga) November 10, 2016
Clinton received almost 3 million more votes, but Trump will be the next president. It's clear the electoral college needs to be changed.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 20, 2016
Now, fast forward to this month.
When news broke that the Senate Majority Leader was considering using the nuclear option to clear a path for Gorsuch’s confirmation, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)–along with many of his Democratic colleagues–promised that they would filibuster the confirmation vote.
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) March 27, 2017
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 15, 2016
Yet, by filibustering Gorsuch, the Minority Leader and Senate Democrats declared war on the popular vote.
The 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, in part, that “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote.” In essence, this amendment transferred the election of U.S. senators from members of respective state legislatures to direct election by the citizens of each respective state.
Since the majority party (in this case, the Republican Party) controls the most seats in the U.S. Senate, it follows that their filibuster actually stifled the majority percentage of the national popular vote. Interestingly enough, it turns out that the Democrat Party trying to abolish the “undemocratic” Electoral College (which is explicitly called for in the U.S. Constitution) utilized the undemocratic filibuster (which is a Senate rule not in the U.S. Constitution).
If the Democrats truly believed in their filibuster, then they should have gladly embraced Donald Trump’s victory via the Electoral College. However, if they truly believed in abolishing the Electoral College, then Senate Democrats should not have supported a filibuster of Neil Gorsuch. They can’t have their cake and eat it too.
Then again, it’s the Democratic Party. Hypocrisy is one of their greatest staples.