The Gorsuch Tally: Where senators stand on court nominee

by Brooke Singman | FOXNEWS
March 30, 2017

More than half of Senate Democrats already have come out against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch — some planning to support a filibuster if it comes to that.

That means the Senate could be in for a showdown vote in early April.

With 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats in the chamber, the majority party needs eight Democrats to join them to break a filibuster (which takes 60 votes). All Republicans are expected to back the nominee. But if they can’t get to 60, they could deploy the so-called “nuclear option” to lower the threshold and push through to confirmation on a simple majority — a major change in Senate precedent.

So far, however, only two Democrats have come out indicating they would oppose a filibuster — Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

44 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Libya21 says:

    GOP needs some spine. Buddy up with a D and get the 60 votes!

  • Wayne Giordano says:

    Damn every time we turn around Republicans are running the other way. We need a Convention of States Artical V. That alone will help Trump get DC back in line to doing what they were elected to do. These money hungry thugs in DC have had it all to easy over the years and they want things to remain as is. That is without doubt forget the Constitution until it fits their agenda. The Constitution was written for one purpose and that is it’s the Law of the Land. No outside influence and no I think it means this. We had a Revolution because of a tax. What’s it going to take before We the People have had enough of the crookedness in not just D.C. But state government to. Example: California with going after people who had to secretly videotape wrongdoing instead of going after the the violators themselves as well as those in Government who are taking the bribes and allowing the killing of babies and selling of baby parts.

    1. Wayne Giordano says:

      Also, I have yet to hear is the US Justice Department stepping in. Have you?

  • geraldcuvillier says:

    So go with the nuclear option. That is what the democrats would do if they had the majority. Come you spineless wimps, do it.

  • Webb says:

    Bring The Nomination to The Senate Floor of Gorsuch…
    Vote on him with The Nuclear Option of 51 votes and move on…
    Republicans in the House and Senate Forget The Mud that was slung at them under Obama…
    The power of Congress is all theirs…if they have the guts to use it…
    Remember Harry Reid…every time a vote is taken!!

  • Knowledge Transfer says:

    This entire spectacle is a gigantic charade. They should have initiated the Nuclear Option from the very beginning. What a gigantic waste of time playing a game that has been rigged. Act like these Marxists don’t exist.

  • JL Brown Jr says:

    It’s time to go to war, when obama put up his judges they flew through thanks to fools like mccain, graham. It’s time to go nuclear, if they don’t change the rules and play ball like the democraps, when the democraps get back in power, and from the Republicans actions, they are getting ready to had it back over to the democraps. I’m getting sick and damn tried, for 7 years oh if you elect us, give us the house, senate, President we will repeal obama care, Ryan is screwing us, but those plans, for 7 years they could have been designing a decent plan, first repeal obama care, second get rid of government run health, we don’t want a government health care, look at the us post office if they think the government can get us a health care that does not run us into trillion of dollars. We don’t won’t it. Look at medieshare, it works, why because people share the cost. Screw free healthcare, if they can’t pay their for their share, they will damn sure pay for their drugs, drink,

  • duncan mckean says:

    like the traitor paul ryan said ..”growing pains” that is true..the republican party as we knew it has got to grow fangs and have a 6th degree black belt in political arts,then represent the sovereignty of the individual or we will personally kick there asses out of office.they are a big part of the swamp..cowards and milk toast .have some conviction is a GOOD THING!.. the republican and democrat party at present posture are hopefully on the endangered species list.

  • Tiger says:

    Schumer already made it clear that they would not accept any Trump nominee, no more pussy footing nuke um get it done and over with.

  • xingqin says:

    Supposedly eight democrats are needed to vote for Gorsuch but has the GOP looked at the traitors to the GOP like McCain and Lindsey who have opposed all the good that Donald Trump has done

  • Floyd Sloan says:

    Republicans need to bite the bullet and pass with simple majority. That was Sen, Shumers position in 2013.

  • justinwachin says:

    The nuclear option should be avoided. Both sides have a lot to lose if this is ever implemented.

    I would suggest the Democrats should confirm this guy. He will be replacing the Court’s most conservative jurist. Assuming this guy is as conservative as we hope, nothing will change in the Court balance. The Democrats should save their ammo for the battle which is likely to come if President Trump gets to replace Ginsburg, Kennedy or Breyer. In those cases the appointment will shift the balance on the Court. If they go overboard on objecting to this appointment and lose they may find Ted Cruz or Ann Coulter nominated to replace Justice Ginsburg.

    Judge Gorsuch said he thought Congress should legislate, not the Courts. It seems to me the Democrats in Congress would be happy knowing this judge thinks they should be the ones to make the laws.

  • Bishop351 says:

    The Dems opened the nuclear option box and now they get to live with it. They can’t vote for Gorsuch because he believes in “the law” but they had no problem when Soto and Ginsburg didn’t recuse themselves on LGBT?

  • James Maxwell says:

    Let the Democrat Socialist blow what little political capital they have left
    in the filibuster, then drop kick them with the Nuclear option and put
    Justice Gorsuch on the bench. When the next opening comes up, probably
    Justice Ginsberg they will not have any thing left to even try to bargain with
    and we can put another Constitutional Justice on the bench regardless of
    any and all howling from the left. Our Supreme Court can once again
    become respected and render decisions based up the U. S. Constitution
    and not some touchy feel good because I am stupid emotions that do
    not qualify under out legal system.

  • Ramon1710 . says:

    When cheating and fraud don’t work, government democrats change the rules, like Harry Weed did under Ovomit. Then when the Republicans threaten to use the same set of corrupted rules (ie: nuclear option) against them, they cry “Unfair!”

    Juvenile communist democrats just can’t deal with the idea of a level playing field.

    Oh, and by the way, filibusters were meant for legislation, not judicial nominees. But that was just another perversion of process instigated by the democrats.

  • Jean Langford M. says:


    1. Reasoned thinker says:

      Jean Langford M. — It certainly appears that way, doesn’t it? The question is “WHY IS THIS “?

      We should be ridding ourselves of such people (at the ballot box), so people, who are in elected positions, will actually “FIX THE CRAZY STUFF” other elected officials have done. We voters just don’t learn our lesson(s) very well!

      We DO have a chance now to actually change some things . . . I hope the Republicans (I’ve been a Republican all my adult life) don’t blow our opportunity (again). We have a tough-minded guy in the White House now . . . plus . . . we Republicans have “WON” the last election!!!

      The “mandate” is there! Go get it done!

      1. Jean Langford M. says:


  • johncq1 says:

    My thoughts on all of this is all of these whiny azz crybaby politicians need to go to their closet get out their big boy and big girl panties and act like they have a brain.
    Good lord every damn one of them act like they are either on drugs or should be.
    There is not one of them that can demonstrate one ounce of common sense. They have been in the positions they hold to long and have lost touch with the real world, and the people that make it function.
    They actually believe that the intelligence, backbone and success of this country is from the celebrities that prance around and spout their drivel.
    Imagine where we would be if this batch of political misfits were our founding fathers.
    Sorry the people spoke and we don’t want to be the socialist state one world government that you desire with the very being of your existence.
    Those of you the desire that type of life pack up, find a country to your liking, North Korea, China, Russia, Argentina, Iran some cozy spot in Africa just to name a few, go please go. GO there and change that country to your desire.

  • steve whitlow says:

    Just go ahead & do the Nuclear Option, don’t give these Demorats any powder for their guns, give them nothing that they think makes them look like they have won —-they have won NOTHING !!!!!! Thanks SCW a Vietnam Era Vet. 1965-1971…..

  • BOC says:

    When that pasty faced sack of Kentucky Bluegrass excrement Mitch McConnell guarantees Gorsuch will be confirmed, you know he either has the votes or he’s willing to trigger the Nuclear option.

    1. James Maxwell says:

      On that time will tell he has been more of a RINO in many issues than
      a conservative. I thought it was because his spine had been removed
      along with his slack jaw deer caught in the headlight problem .

  • Bob says:

    Had the Republicans held up nominations, filibustered and generally whined and cried like this at the BEGINNING of the Obama Administration, how quickly would this be called racism? Obama had his cabinet in place with in a few months of his Inauguration. yet the Democrats can not see fit to return the courtesy. Schummer is a whining, crying baby who can not believe that this guy beat their machine. The rest of the Democrats are now doing what they said the Republicans threatened to do, that they all said was wrong, but now seems so right. Why not just give this guy a chance and see what happens? Is this not what they DEMANDED in 2009? They would rather see the country torn apart by their lies, innuendos and half truths than allow anything to come out of this Administration that would be considered good.

  • ROB says:

    The dems will not push the repubs to the nuclear option on this one. They will wait til the next one and at that time the repubs will back down and force Trump to select a more moderate judge to satisfy the dems.

    1. Bob says:

      This nomination will not change the make up of the court. Gorsuch filling the seat that was Scalia’s will return the balance to what it was prior to his death. It will be the next one that leaves may change the balance, and that is what folks like Schumer and Pelosi are afraid of. How in the world can they keep their agenda going if they loose the Court that over turns ruling based on the law rather than emotion and political correctness? With Kennedy and Ginsberg pushing 100, they could be gone soon and THAT will drive them crazy if the ratio of Conservative, follow the Constitution Justices changes outpaces the Liberal, follow the orders of your party Justices.

  • McFerguson says:

    My problem with this whole thing is not with the democrats, as loony and self-defeating as they are. No, it’s with the spineless GOP establishment Senators who’ll fold like a cheap suitcase when the going gets tough. Senate Majority Leader McConnell says, one way or another, Gorsuch will be confirmed to the SCOTUS in early April. But, watch this spineless toad bend over and grab ankles when its time to make the decision that may impact the money he gets from his donors…

    1. Leslie Woodhull says:

      He’d better not-his backers are from coal country.

    2. Knowledge Transfer says:

      We have craven Communists on the left and Cowards on the right which ties directly to one of the goals for the Communist Takeover of America:
      “Capture one or both political parties in the United States.”

  • Danny says:

    Every one needs to remember these anti-American demons at the election ballad.

    1. Reasoned thinker says:

      Danny — I agree with you completely re. your post. What mystifies me is that such people actually KEEP GETTING ELECTED!!! It’s stunning, really! Who in the heck continues to vote for such people? Geez.

      1. mudguy1 says:

        The first that come to mind are McConnell, McCain and Graham. Ryan should be on that list in 2018

        1. Reasoned thinker says:

          Mudguy1 — Agreed . . . but some Democrats fall into that same category too, right? We, as VOTERS, need to “fix” this problem by not continually re-electing people who are adversaries. Are we just stupid, or what?

  • David Stovall says:

    When Democrats lose, they act like winners,,, when Republicans win , they act like the losers. Remember Obama’s words “We won.” Republicans will have to go to the back of the bus.” Learn how to win Republicans. This is street fighting, not Marquis de Queensbury.

    1. Reasoned thinker says:

      David Stovall — Truer words have never been spoken!!! I REALLY like the characterization that this REALLY IS “street fighting.” The Republicans (I’m one of them) simply HAVE TO recognize that reality!

    2. mudguy1 says:

      The GOP is once agin proving why they can’t hold the majority in the Senate and House for more than four years.
      They never do what the last part of this cartoon shows.

      1. kbfallon says:

        The problem I see in this cartoon is that the dems will not be happy unless they are the ONLY ones eating out of the bucket…with the republicans sitting by to see if they left any scraps.

    3. PatriotGal says:

      I believe the Repubs have proven repeatedly they are masters at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. I have never seen such mealy-mouthed, inept, spineless wimps. Get moving, people, and full press PRESIDENT Trump’s agenda forward NOW, not when you’re good and ready!!!!


    SCOTUS is NOT supposed to be a political entity, but a protection of our constitution and laws.

  • Janthony132 says:

    Invoke the Nuclear option and lets get back on track.

  • TexRancher says:

    The Socialists are gearing up to fight any and all decent nominees that Trump selects! This is their game plan for the next four years. In other words, they will choose who represents us on the bench and elsewhere in government. They give a flat happy damn about what’s good for the country. They came so close to destroying this as a free country and turning it into another socialist failure as has been the results elsewhere all throughout history! Republicans had better wake up an start acting like they represent us instead of their own selfish interests which includes kissing up to the other side.

    1. hankrbradley says:

      I know that’s right!

    2. David Stovall says:

      Republicans are afraid. All the Democrats have to do is threaten to call them racists, and they run hide under their desks. They better borrow some spine (etc) from Trump.

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    3. Reasoned thinker says:

      TexRancher — Absolutely correct.

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