On Tuesday, the full Senate began consideration of the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, with the end looming for the 60-vote requirement to break an expected Democratic blockade.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer tried to twist the confrontation, claiming a false equivalency with the failure of Merrick Garland’s nomination: “We lost one, they lost one,” he said. “We should now get in a room and come up with a compromise.”
Back up, Senator: You lost Garland because voters granted control of the Senate to Republicans in 2014. You’re likely to lose on Gorsuch because they did so again in 2016. A ridiculous equivalency claim will not blunt the will of the people.
Pop quiz, hotshot: Who uttered these words? “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? … Go out there and win an election.” That would be President Barack Obama in 2013, essentially telling Republicans “Elections matter. I won; you lost. Deal with it.”
Your turn, Sen. Schumer.