Facing constant obstruction from the Democrats, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), is considering the “nuclear option” to get President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees confirmed.
With more than 100 court appointments in the works, McConnell and Republicans will decide very soon on changing the rules so that a nominee can be approved with a simple majority rather than the 60 votes currently needed.
Taste of Their Own Medicine
It did not take long for rumors to spread that Republicans were considering this radical move. However, Democrats were the ones who actually put this move into play, back in 2013.
During the Obama administration, then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used this tactic to force through Obama’s judicial appointments. By doing this, Reid was able to get Obama appointments pushed through by a simple majority.
Republicans still hold a majority in the Senate, 52-48, so many of those judicial appointments could be filled fairly quickly if McConnell decides to go with this option.
The Nuclear Option Debate
Going this route is not something that should be done lightly. Reid himself has since stated he wished he had not used the nuclear option when he was in office.
During the Trump administration, this came back to haunt Democrats as they basically had no defense against Trump’s cabinet appointments. This will more than likely be a very contested debate among Republicans.
While it may serve a short-term purpose, this could come back to haunt them if and when Democrats regain a majority. We are already seeing the repercussions of a liberal-dominated judiciary around this country. How much worse would it be if Democrats had no resistance at all in the future?
For his part, McConnell would rather reach a bipartisan agreement than be forced to go with the nuclear option.
He stated, “We’re still hoping to have bipartisan support to go forward with the standing orders, which would require 60 votes. In the absence of that, it is still my desire to try to achieve that, and that’s … a discussion we’ll have among Republicans.”
Democrats are already coming out in force against the measure, with Senator Feinstein (D-CA) stating, “They’re trying to find all kinds of ways to move things through as fast as they possibly can with the least scrutiny possible.”
Odd comments coming from someone inside the party that used this very same tactic when they were not getting what they wanted.