Hatch on the History of the “Confirmation Wars” ..... I will do it because Judge Gorsu ch deserves confirmation and because I refuse to reward Democrats for thirty years of bad faith in blocking, stalling, and smearing Republican nominees.
PoliticalNews.me - Apr 08,2017 - Hatch on the History of the “Confirmation Wars”
I will vote to change the rules if necessary to put Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. I won’t be happy about it, but I will do it because Judge Gorsu ch deserves confirmation and because I refuse to reward Democrats for thirty years of bad faith in blocking, stalling, and smearing Republican nominees.
Washington, D.C.—Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke on the Senate floor tonight about the upcoming vote on the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court.
After 30 years of Democrat obstruction of the confirmation process and countless demonstrations of bad faith in blocking, stalling, and smearing Republican nominees throughout the confirmation process, Hatch pledged to vote to change the rules if necessary to put Judge Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.
Hatch, now participating in his 14th Supreme Court confirmation, outlined the long history of the modern confirmation process, noting that “Every single escalation of the confirmation wars can be laid at the feet of Democrats.”
Hatch’s Brief History of How Democrats Destroyed the Confirmation Process
Every single escalation of the confirmation wars, Mr. President, can be laid at the feet of Democrats. That is the simple truth, and nothing my colleagues on the other side of the aisle can say can change it.
I speak from experience, Mr. President. I’ve been here through all of it.
Having borked Judge Bork, smeared Justice Thomas, instigated the filibuster for lower court nominees when it was in their interest, filibustered Justice Alito, and then eliminated the filibuster for lower court nominees when it was in their interest, Senate Democrats now expect Republicans to throw up our hands and allow them to block Judge Gorsuch—an unquestionably qualified nominee with broad support from across the legal community.
Enough, Mr. President. We have let our Democratic colleagues get away with their games for too long. They were for the filibuster before they were against it before they were for it.
They were the ones who created an effectual 60-vote threshold for judicial nominees. They were the ones who then undid that threshold to suit their short-term political interests. They are the ones who now, for the first time in history, are seeking to block a Supreme Court nominee with clear majority support.
Mr. President, to put the matter bluntly, my Republican colleagues and I are fed up with the Democrats’ antics. We will no longer be bound by their games and petty partisanship. We will no longer allow them to dictate the terms of debate in ways that always advantage their side and always disadvantage ours.
I regret deeply the point we’ve arrived at, Mr. President. I’m an institutionalist. I love the Senate and what it represents. I value debate and honor bipartisanship.
But 30 years ago my Democratic colleagues set us down this path, and they have done nothing in the years since to turn us from this course. To the contrary, they have only hastened our descent.
The Full Speech, as prepared for delivery, is