Krauthammer: Filibustering Gorsuch Would Be 'Self-Inflicted Wound' for Dems
Senate Democrats are reportedly planning on filibustering President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, but that's not a good idea, according to Charles Krauthammer.
On "The First 100 Days" tonight, Krauthammer said Democrats are "feeling their oats" after their victory in the ObamaCare fight.
"They don't have a lot of votes in this. Gorsuch is going to be on the Supreme Court, no matter what," Krauthammer said. "The only question is: Will it require 51 or 60 votes?"
He explained that if Republicans use the "nuclear option," as it is called on Capitol Hill, it would allow Gorsuch to be confirmed with 51 votes, instead of the 60 that have traditionally been required in the Senate to break a filibuster.
"The debate now, the argument now, the tussle now is not about Gorsuch. Everyone knows he's going on the court. It's about the next nominee," Krauthammer said.
He explained that if Democrats force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to abolish the filibuster for Gorsuch, then when the next Supreme Court seat becomes vacant, Republicans might be tempted to go for a "hard-edge conservative," knowing a mere 51 votes is the precedent.
"That would be a self-inflicted wound by the Democrats," Krauthammer said.