I like to keep these notes short, but this is a big day, We need to call Senator Feinstein and thank her for her vote to filibuster Judge Gorsuch.
The Senator was on the fence. But, “This nomination is not the usual nomination. It comes in a different way and it has proceeded in a way of excessive spending of dark money that in the time I have been on this committee I have never seen before,” said Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary committee. Dark Money refers to political spending meant to influence the decision of a voter, where the donor is not disclosed and the source of the money is unknown.
Here is the latest: The Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to let the nomination proceed to the floor of the Senate. But, with Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware, Dianne Feinstein of California, Mark Warner of Virginia and Patrick Leahy of Vermont all saying Monday they could not support Gorsuch, Democrats reached the 41 votes they needed to prevent the advancement of Gorsuch’s nomination.
We keep hearing ‘he’s qualified’. But, actually, if any Dem supporting him are sincere (and not the recipients of dark money), it’s not that he’s qualified, its that he is charming. I suggest anyone who is on the fence listen to Al Franken interview him about his Frozen Trucker case, where Gorsuch was the only judge on 7 judge court to support a company’s right to fire its employee because he didn’t exactly follow the company’s rules while he was freezing to death. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzz9c7jRpTA And this case doesn’t touch the fact that Trump said he promised to nominate someone who would overturn Roe v. Wade (Gorsuch won’t testify about Roe). AND, as Senator Coons said about Obama’s very reasonable nominee, -“[The Republican action against Merrick Garland] was unacceptable and has scarred this process and this body,… “There has never been a partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee in history; and while technically correct, I question what a seven-month refusal to hold a hearing or vote is — if not the longest, partisan filibuster on this committee ever.”
So, why are a few Democrats reluctant to filibuster? Because Mitch McConnell says he will invoke the ‘nuclear option’ changing the 230-year-old Senate rule that requires 60 votes to break a filibuster to 51. Republicans don’t have the votes unless they change the rules. Our chant must be ‘don’t change the rules, change the candidate.’
Republicans simply cannot be rewarded for what they did to Merrick Garland, and further, for putting up someone so partisan.
The best we can do right now is contact Senator Feinstein and thank her for participating in the filibuster. If you can’t get through, email from her site.
Say: I want to thank the Senator for the filibuster of Judge Gorsuch. He has shown a ruthless lack of discretion and compassion. I understand the stakes and I support the Senator.
Washington: 202.224.3841 (I managed to get a voice mail – leave your name and location so she knows you are a constituent).
L.A. 310. 914.7300
San Diego 619.231.9712
San Francisco 415.393.0707