Negotiations to avert nuclear option collapse ahead of Gorsuch vote

Bipartisan negotiations involving as many as 10 senators hoping to avoid a floor blowup over the Senate rules and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch have collapsed, setting up a partisan showdown on Thursday.

A group of Republicans and Democrats led by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.) negotiated intensely in recent days in hopes of reaching a deal to avoid the nuclear option, a tactic GOP leaders plan to use Thursday to change the filibuster rule.

Senate Republicans are poised to hold a simple majority vote to strip the minority party of the power to filibuster Supreme Court nominees — a rarely used and highly controversial tactic that would allow them to confirm Gorsuch without help from Democrats.

The participants revealed their last-minute scramble to reporters Wednesday after it became clear they would not reach an agreement.

57 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • The Redhawk says:

    How can anyone NEGOTIATE with Any of UPCHUCK THE CLOWN( D) ANARCHY party members when all they are doing with FOAM at their MOUTHS is to OBSTRUCT ??
    It’d be like a POLISH Jew negotiating with HITLER….. NEVER will any positive result ever HAPPEN>and BESIDES one cannot ever TRUST any of them since they make rules only to IGNORE having to live with them ……………….and then WHINE like PIGS

  • Ramon1710 . says:

    “Senate Republicans are poised to hold a simple majority vote to strip the minority party of the power to filibuster Supreme Court nominees — a rarely used”
    Fake news from The Hill. Reid did it 96 times.

    1. The Redhawk says:

      The Hill has become the QUEEN of the PRESSTITUTES

  • Robert Pekarik says:

    When is everyone going to get it through their heads that the liberal progressive anti-Constitutional democrats will never compromise on anything if it doesn’t conform to their fundamental transformation of America. The entire party is corrupt to the core and respects nothing.

    1. The Redhawk says:

      BULLS EYE…

  • Steve says:

    The republicans should go nuclear with everything now , it should be obvious to any real American with any brains that the democraps are not for the people , they are for their own corrupt pockets & power. The people that oppose any pro- Constitutional judge are always the ones that have shown themselves to be corrupt criminals against America , period

    1. The Redhawk says:

      and you posted the TRUTH…Sadly Bi Coastal over EDUCATED PhD in STUPID and Illegal Voters will never ADMIT to this TRUTH…..Illegals can’t read and over educated MORONS will NOT read anything but the Alinsky Doctrine

  • kbfallon says:

    And this ladies and gentleman is why old Chuckie Boy was only given one bullet to carry around…..he blew it off and will now cry because he has no more!

  • mudguy1 says:

    When will the Democrats run out of nails for their coffin? They continue to to prove no one can cure STUPIDITY..

  • Leslie Woodhull says:


  • Jim says:

    It is time to send the the Anti American Legislators home ” with out pay”!
    They refuse to do the work of the people that elected them, and so they need to go!

  • Jean Langford M. says:


  • Bob says:

    And who is responsible for this debacle? The Democrats and their total obstructionist agenda are actually to blame, but the GOP will be vilified for it in the press. Reading DNC News (AKA MSN) they are already holding the GOP as breaking rules that have been in place since the beginning of time. They are poised to put and asterisk (*) next to Justice Gorsuch like MLB did to Marris. They continue to refer to the seat as the “Garland Seat”. They are wanking about how this will “change to face of the court”. How is this true if Gorsuch is a Constitutionalist, like Alia who he is replacing? If anything, they are preserving the court. They are shooting all their ammo now, and what will they have left when that wreck of a Justice, Ginsburg, finally has to leave the bench? (probably feet first) The Democrats just can’t, or won’t, learn or listen to reason.

  • Tiger says:

    When pray tell, will the Republicans understand what Schumer said? Clearly he said the only way their rotten to the heart party of Progressive/Communist would work with Trump is if he came over to their side. Now what about that is unclear? What about all the opposition to everything do you not understand?

    The Republicans have a chance in a lifetime, thanks to Trump and they best remember that to take this country back even with the RINO who are in with the One World Order and get money from Soros, who said the reason he came to America is because he realized his Free Society wouldn’t make it as long as countries had Sovereignty, so get a backbone and stop trying to make deals and compromise with head hunters and cannibals, they would eat you alive again if in charge and not even let you say a prayer before they cooked you.

  • Jmanjo says:

    The nuclear option is the best tool to finally shut the deplorable Democrats up! Their arguments are not rational and their purposes are so hostile they should be removed from office. It is time for Republicans to stop being timid about doing the ethical and decent thing. Every time they reach a point where they are about to be triumphant they back away fretting about what their Democrat colleagues feel. They don’t feel! They are callous jerks. It is time to take charge for America’s sake! Approve Gorsuch and let’s move on to MAGA. The Schumers, Warrens, etc have all forsaken their oaths of office and are only focusing on seditious behavior. Republicans, it is time to lead!

  • DrBillLemoine says:

    Short of Republicans withdrawing Neil Gorsuch and reinstating the Justice candidacy of Merrick Garland, there is no compromise for Democrats whose Obama nomination spot was stolen by Sen. McConnell and Senate Republicans. Just wait till 2018 when either the House or the Senate or both are retaken by Democratic majorities. Sen. Reid was not wrong to suspend filibustering to get ordinary lower level justices through the Senate confirmation process in past years, just another attempt by the right to steal court seats that belonged to Democratic appointees. It’s time to pin the responsibility for ‘breaking’ the Senate where it belongs–on Republican extremists.

    1. ipsd48 says:

      For a ‘doctor’ you’re pretty obtuse.
      Those seats on the bench don’t belong to EITHER political party. They belong to the PEOPLE.

      1. DrBillLemoine says:

        The ‘people’ elected Pres. Obama whose job was to nominate Merrick Garland for Supreme Court justice under the Constitution. Plain fact. Ultra partisan Republican Majority Leader McConnell refused to do his job and shepherd the nominee through hearings and a vote, something you should know. Who is really obtuse here?

        1. NM Leon says:

          Article III of the Constitution requires that the President nominate a judge, it does NOT require that the Senate have any hearings or a vote, something you should know, but then you are often willfully obtuse.

          Crazy Uncle Joe, June1992

          Chucky the Clown with19 months left in GW’s term

        2. Leslie Woodhull says:

          Wrong again. Those seats that are vacated during the Lame Duck’s last year are reserved for the new incoming pres. The Ignorant Brown Dumbo Earred Clown just tried to get one more thing through. NOT.

          1. Ramon1710 . says:

            The Diapercrats wouldn’t let a Bush nominee through, saying “Bush only has 19 months left…he’s on his way out, so he’s not in a position to nominate anyone.” But they felt Monkey, with only 8 months left in office, should have had his leftist moron candidate, Garland installed.
            Hypocrisy is a synonym for liberalism.

          2. DrBillLemoine says:

            The point is that Merrick Garland nominated by Pres. Obama didn’t even get a hearing, let alone a vote. All Republican nominees got both unless withdrawn like Bush’s secretary. There is no clause ‘on his way out’ in the Constitution, clearly violated by you Republicans and conservatives. Shameful and you will pay. BTW as a fellow citizen I deplore your smear of a great American, Pres. Obama. You, sir, are a sad excuse of a citizen.

          3. NM Leon says:

            Too funny, BB, an evil, despicable, idiot libtard troll calling someone else “a sad excuse of a citizen”.

            Your heros disagree with you:

            Article III of the Constitution requires that the President nominate a judge, it does NOT require that the Senate have any hearings or a vote, something you should know, but then you are often willfully obtuse.

            Crazy Uncle Joe, June1992


            Chucky the Clown with19 months left in GW’s term


          4. DrBillLemoine says:

            There is no ‘lame duck’ clause in the Constitution’s Senate duty to ‘advise and consent’. That was violated by McConnell and Republicans. Either you support the ruling document or you are anarchists and lawbreakers. You are a hyper-partisan and supporter of dictatorship too. They also tried to deny earlier other judicial appointments, the reason Sen. Reid invoked the nuclear tactic. Despite the term paper juvenile post above, this country is run by law and order which includes under law principles of tradition and evidence. Despite any Democratic rhetoric, the processes were upheld for prior justices advanced by Republicans.

          5. NM Leon says:

            Chucky the Clown and Uncle Joe say you are full of schitte, Billy, but then we all knew that already.

            Crazy Uncle Joe, June1992


            Chucky the Clown with19 months left in GW’s term


      2. NM Leon says:

        His is a PhDumbschitte degree. He’s a libtard troll.

    2. NM Leon says:

      You are a partisan idiot. Quit vomiting Chucky the Clown’s talking points and think for yourself.

    3. Leslie Woodhull says:

      Sorry Billiboy, the DAMNEDOCRATS are going down in flames. They will be no retaking of anything by them for at least 20 years…THANK GOD!

    4. kbfallon says:

      So the fact that it was the democrats who stated years earlier that no judge should be seated while a president was on his way out doesn’t matter any longer…..It was Numb Nuts Schumer …..they even named the maneuver after him.

      1. DrBillLemoine says:

        You MUST learn to watch what people DO, not what they say. Despite the past rhetoric, every justice nominee was given hearings and a vote (ex withdrawal). Also watch what they write, not cheap campaign rhetoric mostly lies. That’s the Democratic advantage when people start thinking with feet firmly planted on earth again.

  • James Maxwell says:

    No compromise, no negotiations and no giving in to the Democrap Socialshits,
    Confirm justice Gorsuch as a whole or face the Nuclear option. He will
    be confirmed, it is up to the Democrap Socialshits to find enough prep H
    to ease their ignorance and pain. Return to a Constitutional Supreme
    Court and stop the Lefties B/S and corruption

  • Mike N says:

    The reason we need the nuclear option is that the Republicans will always capitulate and confirm an activist judge such as Sotomayor and Kagan. The dems stick together. Without the nuclear option we would have a Supreme Court full of activists Judges. It is sad the Dems are so ignorant or blind so not as to see the damage that they are doing to our country. My two Senators in WA state don’t represent me. They are just shills of the Dem party.

  • Kenneth Hadler says:

    How will the Supreme Court handle the case when the Democrats file a suit that the new judge was not approved in a valid fashion?

    1. Leslie Woodhull says:

      It is a valid fashion-Hairy Reed did it 96 times. No SUPREME COURT necessary. Already has precedence.

  • Jorge Rivas says:

    It’s time to stop the shenanigans & obstructionism. The nuclear option needs to be used as a last resort to put the American people first, above greedy elites. Yes, we need justices who are not unethical judicial activists such as Kagan.

  • PBHayes says:

    Good. Republicans should definitely move forward withe the “nuclear option” and confirm Gorsuch. When Ginsburg and Kennedy are gone by next year they can bring two more real judges on the court as opposed to people like Kagan and Sotomayor who quickly proved themselves to be unsuitable.

    1. Ramon1710 . says:

      Conchita Sotomayor said early on that being a Hispanic Female would definitely affect the way she ruled. That should have been enough to get her tossed out of the running on her ears.

      1. PBHayes says:

        I’ve read all of the “Wise Latina’s” legal opinions since being confirmed to the Supreme Court and she is clearly not capable. I’m certain there were plenty of American judges of Latino descent who were far more qualified than Ms. Sotomayor. Obama named her because he knew she would be an activist judge who would ignore the Constitution and the rule of law in her opinions/

    2. Janthony132 says:

      Amen! and Amen!

  • McFerguson says:

    Excellent! That means that the GOP will nuke the filibuster and in the majority-vote rule Gorsuch will be confirmed tomorrow afternoon. Justice Gorsuch will be fitted for his SCOTUS robes that evening and will be sitting on the court Monday morning. Suicide alert: Chuckie Schumer, Al Franken, and Dopey Diane Feinstein should not be left alone for extended periods of time. Remove all sharp objects from their vicinity and ensure that Fox News and Rush Limbaugh are restricted. Bugs Bunny cartoons and large doses of CNN’s fake news are highly recommended.

    1. Bogart1950 says:

      McFerguson, Good Morning sir: that was some funny shit sir! made me spill my coffee laughing.. Good Day…

      1. McFerguson says:

        Thank, Bogie. I hope you didn’t soil your tie…take care.

    2. Ray Capp says:

      That’s a classic! lol Dems don’t even realize the Nuke is sweeter than if they would have just done the right thing. They have empowered the GOP even more! Now the GOP will be able to say (We nuked your A$$)

      1. McFerguson says:

        Yes, and considering that Justices Breyer, 78; Ginsburg, 83; and Kennedy, 80 are well past retirement age, the Trumpster could have shots at filling all three positions in his first term. And all three replacements would be on a majority vote basis as long as the GOP holds onto the Senate…just sayin’.

        1. Rodney Steward says:

          It’s way past time for Ginsburg to go, she’s made it very clear she couldn’t back Trump, I wonder what it is about gays not like Trump!

    3. finaly had enough says:

      This is smart and funny… we can all use a bit of both… Thank you.

  • 1Orchard-1955Arthur Tompkins says:

    Let’s see now. It was alright for good old Harry to invoke the Option, but not the Republicans. The double standard exists.

    1. Ramon1710 . says:

      Just like the Diapercrats were the ones who started using filibusters against court nominees, instead of against legislation, as the process was intended.

  • Pete says:

    The Washington DC political elite (with the willing support of the MSM) took what they thought was a low risk shot at destroying the reputation of someone who didn’t feed at the same political table from which they dines.

    The actual validity of the hostile attacks against former foes hadn’t mattered very much since they succeeded in their destruction of the individuals influence. Herman Cain & the three paid (proven in a court of law) false accusers is a recent example.

    The Lefts apologists in the media are now in a full fledged panic at the prospect of an individual who despite all of their efforts has not only weathered all of the attacks but came out in a position of extreme authority.

    The opportunity for the general public to view the target of their hostile
    attacks without any filtration by the MSM is a frightening prospect they never
    The level of deceit on the part of the globalists and their media enablers will be on full display for the next few years & there is very little they can do to stop it except try and convince the public to look the other way.

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  • TexRancher says:

    The democrats are so out of control by the last election that they are just flailing to disrupt anything Trump wants. They are clearly NOT acting like AMERICANS! They’re resorting to false accusations against any Republican to divert attention away from their own ever increasing number of scandals that are working their way to the top of the pile! That will ultimately bite them in the Axx! We will see not scandals, but outright crimes that would send any ordinary American to jail and should result in numerous democrats there as well!

    1. itsfun says:

      The Dems are unhinged.

    2. kbfallon says:

      Its all a distraction to keep attention off what they have been pulling elsewhere… three card monty.

  • doug says:

    I hope the voters remember this in 2018 and clean house of these obstructionist deadbeat democrats who only get paid to make a quicksand pit out of congress for jealous spite !!

    1. KKmoderate says:

      I wish Arizona had not just sent McCain to Washington for 6 more years, it would do America a service if he would exit.

      1. Ramon1710 . says:

        Do an Obama, and trade him back to the Viet Cong for 7 other POWs which they still have.

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