Neil Gorsuch Officially Confirmed To The Supreme Court

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Update: After weeks of endless rhetoric and party bickering over the controversial usage of the 'nuclear option', Neil Gorsuch has officially been confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States with a largely partisan vote of 54-45.



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Following a series of procedural votes yesterday to invoke the so-called 'nuclear option', the Senate is expected to vote shortly to confirm Neil Gorsuch as the 113th justice to serve on the Supreme Court.  

Given the rule changes implemented yesterday, Republicans require only a simple majority vote to confirm Gorsuch, and with Republicans holding a 52-48 majority in the Senate, today's vote is all but a foregone conclusion.  And while it will mostly be a partisan vote, 3 Democrats are also expected to support Gorsuch for a final vote tally of 55-45.

The official roll call can be watched here:

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Here is our summary from yesterday on the Senate's move to invoke the 'nuclear option':

In a historic vote, Senate Republicans on Thursday crushed "a Democratic blockade" - in Reuters' words - of Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, in a fierce partisan brawl, approving a rule change dubbed the "nuclear option" to allow for conservative judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation by Friday.

The Senate voted 52-48 along party lines to repeal a rule allowing filibusters against Supreme Court nominees,invoking the so-called nuclear option, and clearing the way for Gorsuch confirmation who now needs a simple majority for nomination. Shortly thereafter, the Senate voted 55-45 to end debate on Gorsuch’s nomination, setting up a final vote expected Friday. Thanks to the new rule enacted earlier Thursday, a simple majority was needed.

"This will be the first and last partisan filibuster of the Supreme Court," Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor, accusing Democrats of trying to inflict political damage on Trump and to keep more conservatives from joining the high court.

"In 20 or 30 or 40 years, we will sadly point to today as a turning point in the history of the Senate and the Supreme Court, a day when we irrevocably moved further away from the principles our founders intended for these institutions: principles of bipartisanship, moderation and consensus," Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor.

McConnell initiated the rules change by raising a point of order asserting that simple-majority votes should advance Supreme Court nominees to final confirmation votes. Democrats tried to delay it by offering motions to postpone a vote and to adjourn the chamber, but both fell short as Republicans stayed unified.

Earlier Thursday, McConnell said the rules change would restore the Senate’s tradition of considering a Supreme Court nominee based on credentials instead of ideology. He called the Democratic filibuster of Goruch “a radical move” and something “completely unprecedented in the history of our Senate.”  “This threatened filibuster cannot be allowed to succeed or to continue for the sake of the Senate, for the sake of the court and for the sake our country,” he said.


Earlier in the day, Democrats successfully blocked Gorsuch’s nomination from getting 60 votes earlier Thursday morning, prompting Republicans to go “nuclear” and change the rules to allow Gorsuch and future Supreme Court nominees to clear the Senate with only a simple majority.  Democrats tried to delay the rules change vote by offering motions to postpone a vote and to adjourn the chamber, but both fell short as Republicans stayed unified.

Democrat senators Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.) voted with Republicans to allow President Trumps’s pick to move forward. 

Republicans defended the party-line vote on the nuclear option, saying Democrats were to blame for blocking Gorsuch, who they believe is eminently qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) argued that Democrats should “come to their senses.” 

“The truth of the matter is that throughout this process, the minority led by their leader has been desperately searching for a justification for their preplanned filibuster,” he said ahead of Thursday’s votes.

McConnell added that the current stalemate was part of a decades-long Democratic effort to “politicize the courts and the confirmation process.”  “The opposition to this particular nominee is more about the man that nominated him and the party he represents than the nominee himself,” he said.

Republicans hinted for weeks that President Trump’s nominee would be confirmed one way or another. McConnell confirmed during a leadership press conference that he had the votes to go “nuclear” if needed.

According to The Hill, Republicans appeared resigned to the tactics, arguing if Democrats won’t support Gorsuch — who received the American Bar Association’s highest rating — they won’t allow any GOP nominee to join the Supreme Court.

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The Republican-backed rule change on Thursday maintains the ability to filibuster legislation. In the past, the nuclear option has been averted when moderates in the two parties compromised to avoid a showdown, but the ferocious partisanship in Washington now made that impossible.

Experts said eliminating the filibuster for Supreme Court appointments could make it more likely that presidents, with little incentive to choose centrist justices who could attract support from the other party, will pick ideologically extreme nominees in the future.

Ending the filibuster also would make it easier for future Supreme Court nominees to be confirmed when the president and Senate leadership belong to the same party.

With the failure of Republican healthcare legislation in Congress and with federal courts blocking the president's ban on people from several Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States, securing Gorsuch's confirmation took on even greater importance for Trump, who took office in January.

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Senate confirmation of Gorsuch, 49, would restore the nine-seat court's 5-4 conservative majority, enabling Trump to leave an indelible mark on America's highest judicial body and fulfill a top campaign promise by the Republican president. Gorsuch could be expected to serve for decades.

The court's ideological leaning could help determine the outcome of cases involving the death penalty, abortion, gun control, environmental regulations, transgender rights, voting rights, immigration, religious liberty, presidential powers and more.

The nine-seat Supreme Court has had a vacancy since conservative Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016.

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Looney's picture


Chuck Schumer promised to flood the Senate Floor with his tears.

Now, the Senate Democrats are pissed off – each of them brought in a snorkel, a life jacket, or a blow-up doll and they demand to be reimbursed.  ;-)


Looney's picture


BTW... Why is it that every time Chuck Schumer cries, he gets a pee-shiver?  ;-)


Billy the Poet's picture

Can't get too excited about Lyin' Donald's agenda at this point.

chumbawamba's picture

Why the fuck do they have such a hard on for this guy? I've never even fucking heard of him. I'll bet he sucks a mean cock or something in the back halls of the capitol building.

I am Chumbawamba.

The_Juggernaut's picture

It makes all the right heads explode, so at least it's a good part of the show.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

Congratulations Mr Gursuch, you will now be under 24 hour surveillance by all 18 intelligence agency's.  Expect blackmail or extortion with any court proceedings dealing with said agencies.  Or any court proceedings not to the liking of the Swamp Masters.  Now go don the robes of Blind Justice.

Ghost of Porky's picture

This mangina cuck is a poor replacement for the great Antonin Scalia.

ares_xtreme's picture

The irony would be that Gorsuch will get to impeach Trump.

If that scenario happens.


GunnerySgtHartman's picture

It'll never happen.  Impeachment is done by the House, with a trial done by the Senate and presided over by the Chief Justice.

ares_xtreme's picture

But we never know how deep the Deep state goes.

If Trump will prove himself to be difficult to reign in, all bets are off.


Bad Attitude's picture

The Deep State also rewrites history to serve its ends. Virtually every media outlet is claiming that this application of the "nuclear" option upends longstanding Senate tradition. And, Schumer crys crocodile tears claiming this rules change is unprescedented. Bull shit!

The Democrats invented the "judicial filibuster" in 2003 to block a bunch of Bush judicial appointees. Prior to that, judical appointments only required a simple majority. But, this isn't the first time, and it most certainly won't be the last time that history will be rewritten to serve immediate political ends.

Maybe we'll get lucky and Sen. Schumer will die of autoerotic asphyxiation so we won't have to listen to his lies.

Forward (over the ciff)!

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"nuclear option".... whole new, more literal meaning after yesterday's action.

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SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Some have mentioned you don't get these gigs unless you are already compromised, thus controllable, we shall see. I am afraid he will be another corporate vote. They have no problem screwing the little guy.

Pulp Culture's picture

He can ask justice roberts for pointers.

Consuelo's picture



They don't...   In fact, most of the naysayers probably like the guy and respect him for his decency and accomplishments.   But that's not how the game is played.

flaminratzazz's picture

strange thing about you chump. you are always focused on sucking cock.

seems to be a highlight of your miserable existence.

Diogenes The Mimic's picture

>I've never even fucking heard of him.

Why do you think your ignorance is something to boast about?

Smedley's picture

He just lost the People but won the Swamp!!


e_goldstein's picture

In Amerika, swamp drain you.

Billy the Poet's picture

The Clintons are good people and you don't want to hurt them. Isn't that right, loser?

Mtnrunnr's picture

nah dude. war with Syria is what we wanted... right? RIGHT?

Billy the Poet's picture

Somebody has to be a sugar daddy to ISIS.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

Schumer would be the most dishonest, traitorous orc in Vichy DC if it weren't for McCain and Graham

And quite the hypocrite, boys:

Mtnrunnr's picture

I, personally, can't wait to watch them strip away your freedoms one by one and go to war with Russia. Everything you think your voted for is being thrown away as an empty promise and you'll watch as your children are conscripted to fight a war you thought you voted against without even a senate vote (because of the bush era patriot act that you supported with all your moronic heart). you'll either A) have to become a bleeding heart liberal snowflake opposed to the childish bullshit games the republicans are playing or B) too goddamn stupid to realize they were fucking with you. Granted, you clearly can't see hypocrisy that's so blatant you'll probably go down path B. I hope you enjoyed the peace and mutual respect that your forefathers gave you because you fucking wasted it on goddamn cheetos and cheap gas while somehow running up a $20 trillion dollar debt. good job fuck face.

boattrash's picture

As I told you a few days ago, "Stay pissed, but channel it wisely kiddo".

Stroke's picture

Ol' Chucky isn't really crying.....He pulls out a nose hair to well-up

Bill of Rights's picture

You mean Blow up Kid....get it right. :)

TheLastTrump's picture

those fucking JOOS, I swear...probably start eating live babies anytime now

cheech_wizard's picture

Jewish spirit cooking?

Standard Disclaimer: Standard William Banzai7 food and beverage warning.

chunga's picture

As far as I'm concerned, everybody in the sEnate can drop dead.

pods's picture

It's rich that Chuckie is whining about following the constitution. He shouldn't even be there and many would argue that he is in fact an illegitimate senator, as the 17th amendment was never properly ratified to begin with.


detached.amusement's picture

Forget properly ratified, how in the hell would this ever have passed the Senate unless there were that many traitors already in the senate!  This effectively removed the states' representation in congress, there is no delegated power for the fedgov to remove the states' representation.


but then again, since they already unconstitutionally replaced all the southern representation after the south seceded....


and the  constitutional convention, instead of bringing their revised articles of confederation to congress for ratification, instead went beyond what they were tasked to do and created a farcical delegation of states to approve what they wrote...


well, we've been in a constitutional crisis since day one, far as I'm concerned.  this whole fucking edifice is illegitimate, where the fuck do we even go from here?

boattrash's picture

FFS! How could that get 2 down-tics? Maybe we have 2 senators on ZH?

chunga's picture

I'll be lobbying hard against junior's coast guard plans for sure. We'll give him a few acres and he can stay right here with us.

boattrash's picture

Sounds like a much better plan to me! I like your way of thinking.

bmore's picture

DUMP ALL there nuclear waste on Israel!

When I defecate, I am flushing ALL shit to israel.

Billy the Poet's picture

There's a toxic nuclear site a few miles from my home created when a Mossad operative named Shapiro started the Numec operation which illegally smuggled nuclear material to Israel in the 60s.

TheLastTrump's picture

You're sending all your Zerohedge posts to Israel?


Imagine that, bet they can't wait to enjoy your shit.

Herodotus's picture

Rand Paul should vote NO.

Theophilus Carter's picture

Since when was Kennedy a conservative?  At best it's a 4-4-1...and depending on Roberts mood it can be a 3-5-1 so I'm having trouble with the '...Senate confirmation of Gorsuch, 49, would restore the nine-seat court's 5-4 conservative majority...' phrasing.

Rikky's picture

+1 Theo.  Kennedy is a loose cannon at best.  The next nomination will be the one that can set the majority.  If Trump gets a 2nd term its all but a lock for at leat one more nomination.  No way any liberal on the SC is going to retire while he's in office.  They'll pull a Weekend At Bernie's on Ginsburg first.

ParkAveFlasher's picture


I thought that's what Kagan and the other one were there for.