Trump and the Republicans appear to be in the drivers seat in this one….
With 51 Republican Senators (McCain might not in the picture) and several Democratic Senators in rough spots?….Conformation is all but a forgone conclusion….
The Republican Senate Majority Leader will get the vote on a simple majority , putting aside the Democratic ability to make it a 60 vote thing….
A few Republican Senator’s like Collins, Murkowski, Flake and Corker could hold things up, but if Trump goes to the mat on this like we assume he would?
He’ll get his choice….
You never know….
But the party will be under pressure to do this as soon as possible with a eye towards the midterm’s and the 2019 possible Senate and with Robert Mueller aways lurking in the background….
The issue of Abortion and several other bench mark US Supreme Court decision could hang in the balance of the future of the court…..
For those who say that Politics should nothing to do with court?
This is ALL about American politics and moves to drag this country back in time after a Democratic President sought to advance the country into the 21st Century’s changes……
The fight over President Trump’s next nomination to the Supreme Court began almost immediately after the news broke of the opening on Wednesday.
Moments after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said he would retire, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Senate would act before the midterm election to confirm Trump’s next nominee.
“We will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy’s successor this fall,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.
Democrats immediately cried foul, arguing the nomination fight should come next year.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.), recalling the bitter fight over Merrick Garland’s nomination to the court in 2016, demanded that McConnell hold off until a new Congress is seated in 2019. He said Republicans should let voters weigh in on the choice through the November midterm elections.
Schumer said it would be the “height of hypocrisy” for Republicans to move quickly after they held open the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat for more than a year in 2016.
McConnell blocked Garland, former President Obama’s nominee for that seat, from getting even a hearing. He said at the time that voters needed to help decide the ideological balance of the court by picking a new president.
“Millions of people are just months away from determining the senators who should vote to confirm or reject the president’s nominee, and their voices deserve to be heard,” Schumer said Wednesday.
McConnell, for his part, called on Democrats to give Trump’s next pick fair consideration.
“It’s imperative that the president’s nominee be considered fairly and not subjected to personal attacks,” he said.
Democrats would appear to have little hope of blocking a Trump pick, though Republicans hold just 51 seats and usually have 50 members in the chamber given Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) battle with brain cancer.
Still, a vote before the midterm elections could be difficult for a number of Democratic senators facing reelection in states won by Trump, including Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.).
All are likely to face significant pressure to back Trump’s pick….