Friday, February 17, 2017

Will Vulnerable Democrats Drown in Schumer's 'Mainstream'?

Jan LaRue

Senate Democrats facing tough re-election battles in 2018 may have to decide if they want to hang a political anchor around their necks. Senate Democrats facing tough re-election battles in 2018 may have to decide if they want to hang a political anchor around their necks by joining a filibuster against Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's highly credentialed Supreme Court nominee. Predictably, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) threatened to filibuster Gorsuch in an op-ed on Politico.com and another in The New York Times, demanding 60 votes to confirm, rather than a simple majority as the Constitution allows. 

 Schumer called Gorsuch "very smart, articulate and polite, with superb judicial demeanor" but not "mainstream." Here's what Schumer thinks is "mainstream." "Senseless in Seattle and San Francisco" sums it up. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a temporary restraining order issued by a Seattle district court judge against President Trump's order banning entry into the U.S. for 90-120 days by those from Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, and Libya........More

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