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    Chris Matthews: Dems who vote for Gorsuch “will have to answer” for it for 30 years

    Chris Matthews: Dems who vote for Gorsuch “will have to answer” for it for 30 years

    He will “be on that court for 30 years … they will have to answer for this guy”

    On MSNBC this evening, Chris Matthews cautioned Democratic Senators that if they vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, they will have to answer for it for the rest of their political career.

    His reasoning was a supremely political one: that at age 49, Gorsuch is likely to be on the Court for 30 years. And that any Dem voting to confirm him would have to answer, over all those years, for his decisions on controversial issues such as abortion and gun rights: “it will be on you,” warned Matthews.

    Note: Earlier, Matthews predicted that the Gorsuch nomination will fail because Senate Majority Leader MitchMcConnell will not invoke the “nuclear option.” And since, according to Matthews, no Dems will vote to confirm, the nomination will fall short of the required 60 votes.

    This Insurrectionist disagrees. No matter how much McConnell reveres Senate tradition, he will not let such a qualified jurist, and Trump’s first Court nominee, go down to ignominious defeat. If push comes to shove, I predict that McConnell will invoke the nuclear option, and Gorsuch will be confirmed on a simple-majority vote.

    CHRIS MATTHEWS: The key thing here is, the guy’s 49. And Gorsuch again, he’s probably a good guy. Like Scalia was — I really liked the company of Scalia. He’s a very family-minded, good guy and his way of looking at life generally, if not the Court. But for 49, that means he will be on that Court for 30 years. That means the life of anybody in politics today, their political career. They will have to answer for this guy.

    Can you imagine, a Democrat, I don’t care if you’re from Alaska, you’re from North Dakota. Wherever you’re from, you’re goint to have to answer for almost a true lifetime multigenerational career on the Court. Every ruling this guy Gorsuch makes, is a decisive vote in, in any way influences your belief about Citizens United, about abortion rights, about gay, equal marriage, equality of marriage.

    Any one of the issues you care about: gun rights, every time he votes the wrong way it’s going to be on you. So I’m not encouraging these guys to think left and think future but they are damn well going to do it. They’re thinking about their own futures and you don’t want to have on your belt the notch that says “I voted for Gorsuch. I’m proud of it.”

    So I think it’s 52 votes maximum. We’re going to have a real fight here, a real fight over that 60-vote threshold.


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    DINORightMarie | February 1, 2017 at 3:16 am

    Sadly, there are still people who listen to, and believe, this clown.

    MSNBC still has viewers. Why?!?!

    Let’s nominate a baby galapagos tortoise for the supreme court. Once it digs its way to the surface, we’ll have a solid conservative on the bench for the next 175 years.

    VaGentleman | February 1, 2017 at 5:27 am

    The good news is that enough conservatives ignored #NeverTrump on Nov 8 so that it’s the libs who have to adjust for the next 30 years and not us.

      Ragspierre in reply to VaGentleman. | February 1, 2017 at 8:01 am

      It goes without saying, that’s a lie. Of course.

      What’s true is that enough conservatives AND #nevertrumpers were compelled by the awful choice this election cycle presented to hold their noses and vote for your cult man-crush.

      Several of them are commenters and authors here, liar.

        VaGentleman in reply to Ragspierre. | February 1, 2017 at 8:59 am

        I see we agree. It was a good thing that they chose to ignore your terrible advice during the election and instead voted with me (and others) for change. Who can deny that Trump is proving himself far better than the alternative? Imagine what would have happened if people had agreed with you. Hillary would have won. I hate to think of enduring 30 years of her liberal judicial appointments. TTFN

          Rags is a known lefty troll. Ignore him and hope he goes away.

          Ragspierre in reply to VaGentleman. | February 1, 2017 at 11:02 am

          My advice was for all of us to vote our conscience.

          I said it many, many times. This was, of course, anathema to you and your cult. You insisted we all submerse conscience in favor of cult worshiping delusions.

          Just like now.

          Has T-rump done some things of which we all approve? Sure. He’s a Populist who reads the common weal. That is NOT a conservative, and a lot of what he’s done and is doing is ANTI-conservative, ANTI-liberty, and manifestly BIG GOVERNMENT.

          You approve by knee-jerk. I don’t. Suck it.

    Cleetus | February 1, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Now for the obvious.
    A much greater number of Democrat Senators are up for reelection in 2018. A large number of these Senators come from states that Trump won, many by a large margin.
    Uncle Chucky has a choice. He can force a down vote on an extremely well qualified candidate like Gorsuch, but this will result in another extremely well qualified, conservative candidate being offered and so forth. It should be obvious that the Democrats are not in a position to force Trump to place a staunch liberal up for the position.
    How long will it take these Democrats up for reelection to realize that their reelection chances trend to zero if they are viewed as nothing more than ideologue obstructionists? The bottom line is that Uncle Chucky’s chances of blocking these appointments or making other stands does not have the power he thinks they do.

    Virginia42 | February 1, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Matthews, what a bozo.

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