Senators (D) Joe Manchin, (D) Heidi Heitkamp, and (D) Joe Donnelly broke ranks with the fellow Democrats, to vote for Neil Gorsuch as Associate Supreme Court Justice. All three candidates are facing re-election in 2018. Trump had decisive wins in North Dakota, West Virginia, and Indiana. These are three Senate seats Republicans feel they can gain in 2018. All three Senators may have very strong Republican opponents and they certainly don’t want to be explaining to voters why they voted against Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court.
Also in our morning monologue, we discuss President Donald Trump’s retaliation for Syria’s use of chemical weapons on their own people. After the monologue we start looking at all the conspiracy theories regarding the power struggle between Chief Strategists, Steve Bannon and Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Senior Advisor, Jared Kushner.
At least 30 Democrat Senators support filibustering Gorsuch, 2 oppose the filibuster and 16 are undecided. The 2 Democrats opposing filibuster are Heidi Heitkamp (ND) and Joe Manchin (WV). It takes 60 votes in the Senate to bring the issue up for a simple majority vote. As Senate Majority Leader (D) Harry Reid changed the Senate rules to confirm Federal Judges to a simple majority, meaning 51 votes are needed to pass. This is known as the Nuclear Option.
Questions surround now Majority Leader (R) Mitch McConnell whether he will allow the Democrats to filibuster Gorsuch or institute the Nuclear Option. The Nuclear Option has never been used to approve a Supreme Court Justice. Gorsuch’s confirmation vote is set for April 7th.