Chuck “Baghdad Bob” Schumer better get ready to eat crow. Two members of his party have said that they will vote for the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
March 30 turned out to be a humbling day for Schumer. On that date, West Virginian Senator Joe Manchin and North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp tweeted that they will dismiss the hysterics of the Senate Minority Leader and do the right thing.
In a statement concerning his decision Manchin said, “Senators have a constitutional obligation to advice (sic) and consent on a nominee to fill this Supreme Court vacancy and, simply put, we have a responsibility to do our jobs as elected officials.”
Okay, I will dismiss this moment of Democrat sobriety as an aberration because Manchin used to be a Republican. Then there is Heitkamp.
Her statement read in part, “After doing my due diligence by meeting with Judge Gorsuch and reviewing his record and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I’ve decided to vote in favor of his confirmation. He has a record as a balanced, meticulous, and well-respected jurist who understands the rule of law.”
Wow. Is there hope for some of the Democrats?
The additional of the Democrat pair still leaves Republicans six votes shy of avoiding the use of the ‘nuclear option’. Going nuclear would nix the required 60 votes in favor of 52. Such a move would have Democrat heads spinning.
Gorsuch’s vote is scheduled for a Senate vote April 7 following a Senate Judiciary Committee vote April 3.