Dear Democrats: What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

Dear Democrats: What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. That is the lesson to be learned from the decision by Senate Republicans to “go nuclear” when it comes to the confirmation of nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court.

From CBS News: “Senate Republicans successfully invoked the so-called “nuclear option” Thursday, eliminating the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. This clears the way for President Trump’s nominee, Neil Gorsuch, to be confirmed as an associate justice to the high court.”

Regarding the GOP use of the nuclear option, The Hill quotes Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer as saying, “When a nominee doesn’t get enough votes for confirmation the answer is not to change the rules, it’s to change the nominee.”

It would be reasonable to ask Senator Schumer if he said the same thing to Harry Reid when the latter was the Senate Majority Leader and used the nuclear option. Fox News reports, “McConnell’s predecessor as Senate majority leader Harry Reid, now retired, took the first step down the “nuclear” road by lowering the threshold for other nominees in 2013.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reminded Senate Democrats that the latter supported the nuclear option when they were in control of the U.S. Senate: “So let me say this to my Democratic colleagues: If you truly cannot support the nomination of this eminently qualified nominee, then at least allow the bipartisan majority of the Senate that supports Gorsuch to take an up-or-down vote. You already deployed the nuclear option in 2013. Don’t trigger it again in 2017.”

From Real Clear Politics: “McConnell also argued that he was simply completing the precedent Democrats set when they changed the rules of the Senate for all executive positions and lower court nominations – though Democrats left Supreme Court nominations unchanged.”

Senate Democrats need to be reminded of an old saying: Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it.

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  • pennywit

    The Democrats picked a supremely stupid hill for the filibuster to die on.

    • Retired military

      Well they have Schumer and Pelosi as their leaders. What else did you expect.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Obviously, at some time in the future, this will come back to bite the Rs on the butt – however, from my point of view, we had very little future left if it wasn’t done.

      • Scalia

        It would have bitten us anyway. The Dems promised to kill it the next time around, so we might as well get as many judges as we can. It’s interesting to hear the song the Democrats sang just a few years ago…
        https://youtu.be/CUIgSNkGdc4

      • jim_m

        No it won’t. You cannot point to any time where the GOP threatened to filibuster a qualified nominee to the court. What this does is bring us back to the status quo ante back in the 70’s/early 80’s where the dems still had some vestige of love for our country and sense of honor and duty. They didn’t like Renquist but they allowed a vote on him.

        The GOP would always allow a vote on a qualified nominee. The dems will not allow a vote on any nominee that is not of their choosing. This won’t affect the GOP one bit unless the dems go to the point of nominating complete scumbags to the SCOTUS that have no pretense to do anything but destroy the rule of law. At that point (which is not far off) we are finished as a country.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          This won’t affect the GOP one bit unless the dems go to the point of nominating complete scumbags to the SCOTUS that have no pretense to do anything but destroy the rule of law.

          That’s what I was referring to as biting us in the butt. Another President like Obama, and this will happen.
          But, as I said, it had to be done or our country as we know it would have a very limited future.

    • Scalia

      Agreed. I’ve read a lot of their arguments and am still shaking my head. Several Republicans were reluctant to kill the filibuster, so looking at it from a liberal perspective, it makes far more sense to wait for an “extremist” judge to be nominated. Moderate Republicans would be much more inclined to sustain a filibuster in that scenario than to support it against somebody of Gorsuch’s stature.

      • The dhimmocrats have not made the paradigm shift to being both the minority and without the executive branch. I hope the adjustment takes more than four years from today.

      • pennywit

        I think they’re mainly looking for vengeance for Merrick Garland. It’s stupid.

        it makes far more sense to wait for an “extremist” judge to be nominated

        Indeed. If the Democrats had kept their powder dry, they could have used the threat of a future filibuster to entice Trump to nominate a milquetoast judge to the Supreme Court.

        • Scalia

          By far and away, Garland’s treatment was cited as the reason to oppose Gorsuch. The Democrats’ attempt to paint Gorsuch as an extremist was almost comical.

          Sometimes the urge to “get even” robs a person or a party of rational thought. Then again…

          • pennywit

            There is a time and a place to “get even” for that kind of thing. For me, it’s the ballot box.

          • jim_m

            If the dems wanted to get back at the GOP for Garland the time to do that was last November.

          • pennywit

            BTW, check the news if you haven’t already. US launched 50 Tomahawks at a base in Syria. I really, really hope Trump gets this right. But I fear he won’t.

          • jim_m

            He’s already got it more right than obama. Kowtowing to monsters was obama policy. Allowing evil to prosper was obama policy.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            We won’t know for awhile. Apparently, Russians were warned, as they had personnel at the base. I’m sure they, in turn, warned the Syrians. Thus, it would appear to be aimed at the infrastructure at the base.
            Too much? Too little? Who knows.

      • Par4Course

        The ABA, a bastion of liberalism, would not have rated Gorsuch “well-qualified” if he were not an outstanding choice. There is no evidence that he’s an extremist, and only time will tell if he’s as conservative as we hope he will be.

  • Retired military

    Patiently waiting for David’s column entitled

    Republicans your goose is cooked.

    But in fairness the above column is pretty good. I would have mentioned that McCuckold McConnell only did this because he knew if he didnt he would lose his job but that is just me.

  • Brian Brandt

    “It would be reasonable to ask Senator Schumer if he said the same thing
    to Harry Reid when the latter was the Senate Majority Leader and used
    the nuclear option.

    The favorite sentence of every politician must be “Yes, but this case is different.”

  • Hank_M

    Supposedly the dems responded to pressure from their base.
    Problem is, their base is extreme left, beyond rational and essentially insane.

  • Wild_Willie

    The dem leadership gave the GOP NO choice. The dem’s should change leadership and start joining the ranks of getting things done. 2018 looks extremely dim for the dem’s running for the open senate seats. This was their chance to demonstrate bipartisanship. They are so politically stupid sometimes. They act like American’s get their info from the MSM alone.

    On President Trump using missiles on Syria. It wasn’t by accident he did this while talking with the head of China. I bet you China is more willing to work with us on Korea and trade. ww

    • Heh!

      Goresuch Confirmed by U. S. Senate.

      55 – 45

      Sweet, sweet, progtard tears.

      • Scalia

        I believe the final tally is 54-45. Senator Isakson was not present due to his recuperating from surgery.