Isakson, Perdue Comment on Democrats’ Filibuster of Gorsuch Supreme Court Nomination

A few minutes ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell deployed “the nuclear option,” which will allow the Senate to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on a simple majority vote. This is in response to the Democratic filibuster on Gorsuch’s nomination that began three days ago.

Both of Georgia’s Senators have released statements regarding the filibuster.

Senator Johnny Isakson:

“Judge Gorsuch is an exceptional nominee with the right judicial temperament and a strong reliance on the text of our Constitution and laws. I am extremely disappointed by the blind obstruction carried out by Senate Democrats today. The Senate and our country are headed in a dangerous direction if this type of partisan behavior continues. Though I had hoped that my Democrat colleagues might be willing to put country over party and do the right thing here today, there is no reason for further delay of the Senate’s consideration of Judge Gorsuch. I urge the Senate to move quickly toward a final vote on his nomination to fill this critical vacancy.”

Senator David Perdue:

“Judge Gorsuch is a principled jurist who is steadfast in his commitment to defending the Constitution. Democrats have agreed, and they confirmed Judge Gorsuch without objection in 2006. That’s why it is ridiculous Democrats today put self-interest and party-interest ahead of the nation’s interest. Republicans this year have said all along we’ll do what it takes to get Judge Gorsuch the up-or-down vote he deserves, and next week he will be an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.”

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Enjoy the Silence
Enjoy the Silence

“Country over party” and “the up-or-down vote he deserves”

Would love to hear why they think those things didn’t apply last year….

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

This has been Isakson’s position since 2005:
“every judge nominated by this President, or any president, deserves an up-or-down vote, one way or another. It is the responsibility of the Senate. It is the direction of the Constitution.”

Of course, by “since 2005” I really mean “from 2005 to January 2009 and not again until January 2017.”

Noway2016
Noway2016

Because the senate employed the Biden Rule of not voting on a SC sear in the last year of a presidency. Next!

Enjoy the Silence
Enjoy the Silence

Sigh. Rules are only rules if you know….they are actual rules.

vee g
vee g

I’m still befuddled at where this outrage was about Merrick Garland. is it only obstruction when it’s not your party not doing their jobs? the hypocrisy although not surprising is still disappointing

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I am extremely disappointed by the blind obstruction carried out by Senate Democrats today. As opposed to the blind obstruction Senate Republicans were carrying out since the moment news broke regarding Justice Scalia’s death? The Senate and our country are headed in a dangerous direction if this type of partisan behavior continues. You didn’t seem too concerned about the direction the car was headed when you started down this road.* Though I had hoped that my Democrat colleagues might be willing to put country over party and do the right thing here today, there is no reason for further delay… Read more »

David C
David C

Here’s the thing: The 2013 Nuclear Option happened because Republicans were filibustering any replacements, at all, for the 3 vacant slots on the D.C. Circuit. Prior filibusters / obstruction were mostly personal: I don’t like X Candidate, whether Goodwin Liu or Janice Rogers Brown. This was about locking in a partisan split on the DC Circuit despite winning neither the Presidency nor even the Senate. It was Garland before Garland: No appointee, no matter how qualified or moderate, could be allowed so long as they were a Democrat. No principle other than pure partisan blindness. Naturally, Sen. Isakson went right… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

To extrapolate this a little more: McConnell, Isakson, and other Senate Republicans said that the next Supreme Court nominee should be left to the “American people.” The “American people” had already decided the matter in 2012 when they elected President Obama to a four year term. In fact, the “American people” were so okay with the notion of Barack Obama nominating a justice to the Supreme Court should a vacancy open at any point between January 2013 and January 2017, that they handed Obama had a bigger electoral college margin than Trump and helped Obama win the popular vote by… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Johnny Isakson, Perdue lite.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Yawn. The usual characters spewing the usual left-wing nonsense. I must be in a fit of self-flagellation to even drop by here this evening. The Dems actually created this scenario in about 2001 when they changed the historical simple majority to a 60 vote requirement – in order to prevent George W. Bush court appointments. Which is why Obama inherited all those vacancies and was able to pack the lower federal courts. Then the Dems added insult to injury in November 2013, steamrolled over Repubs…. again. It was like they thought they would hold a majority forever. But their chickens… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Statements like “…pack the lower courts” and “Now, for the first time in US history they filibustered a SCOTUS confirmation” indicate you’ve gone from alternate facts to an alternate reality.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Your statement indicates your momma didn’t teach you any manners. Facts are facts, even when they are inconvenient to one’s political narrative – and your own alternate reality.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Yeah, except you have a very strained relationship with “facts.” Both sides are to blame for the devolution of Senate cooperation, but don’t pretend that Republicans didn’t engage in a long, protracted blockade of Clinton and Obama judicial nominees.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“pack the lower courts” is an alternative fact.

“first time in US history they filibustered a SCOTUS confirmation” is a first only if you’re basing the remark its the first time Dems are doing so. Abe Fortas, 1965, look it up.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Send the Dems a train car load full of Doan’s Pills. Y’alls backs are gonna be sore for the next four years from bending over and grabbing your ankles. Today will be the first of many!