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Today the God-King told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “go nuclear” if Senate Democrats filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. While Michael Moore told Senate Democrats to filibuster Gorsuch of race progressive primary challenges, the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake warned Democrats that a filibuster would hurt them in 2018, yet Robert Stacy McCain boasted that the November election results “ratified” Senate Republicans’ blockade of Merrick Garland. Apparently that procedural door swings only one way. Rick Hasen weighs the risks and benefits of a filibuster and calls it “A tough choice in tough times,” while Nancy LeTourneau concludes “a seat on the Court was stolen and that cannot go unanswered.” And Jonathan Chait dismisses the risks, noting “The new norm is that a president needs 50 Senate votes to fill a seat, or it will go unfilled. … It is McConnell, with his extraordinary blockade tactic, who has functionally changed the rules of the game. He should be forced to do it in name.” Even knowing they cannot stop Gorsuch’s confirmation, should Senate Democrats force McConnell and Senate Republicans to nuke the filibuster?
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