Although I try to keep this blog tilted towards issues of healthcare, I feel the need to opine on a particular issue currently being discussed. The nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court should be a forgone conclusion.
The logic is simple as follows:
Judge Gorsuch is eminently qualified. And he replaces Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the more conservative justices to have served on the court.
The risk, one will rebut, is that the make up of the Supreme Court is being inexorably tilted towards the conservative.
Let's say, for instance, that the Democrats continue on their current path and block the nomination to the best of their ability. It is a temporary measure, as the Republicans have "the nuclear option" at their disposal. Using that option would irrevocably change the landscape going forward. One might think that it would negatively impact the Republicans but nothing would be further from the truth.
The "nuclear option" would eliminate the need for future nominees to have to reach the 60 vote threshold as well. Hence, future nominees, also likely to be more conservative than the majority might desire, would be easily confirmed, as the Republicans hold a majority in the Senate.
In addition, as the new "Party of No," Democrats, may find their popularity further diminished, making it harder to foresee them adding to, or even keeping, their current number of Senators.
Hence, the logical solution to the current dilemma is to allow the nomination of Judge Gorsuch to proceed and for him to be confirmed forthwith. Hopefully, that would set up a slightly more favorable stance on Capitol Hill for future nominees, should they arise during this presidential term.
If nothing else, one might argue that the Democrats' conciliatory gesture would at the very least not result in diminished popularity for the Democratic Party.