Editorial Opinion
February 3, 2017

President Trump’s in the face response to Chuck Schumer

by Bob Hoig, Publisher
Midlands Business Journal

Political Democrats have been having their way for too long.

With the coming of Republican President Donald Trump, things are changing.

Filling Supreme Court vacancies and dealing with confrontational Democrats is mostly about strategy. The refreshing part for Trump fans — and you can count this writer among them — is that the man in the Oval Office wants to do something about Schumer, the alternately weepy to blustery Senate minority leader.

The latest installment came Wednesday. Faced with Schumer’s latest threats to slow or derail Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, Trump skipped the usual reactive GOP ploy.

He didn’t cave. He didn’t punt. He played offense, and copied retired Democrat Senator Harry Reid. Trump wants Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to change, once more, the Reid formula for how the game is played.

Schumer has vowed to flyspeck all Republican offerings. Trump, in effect, said fine, you do that.

Mitch McConnell agreeing, we’ll do this. We’ll follow Reid’s bright idea when his party changed the requirement from 60 votes down to a simple majority, for all judges except U.S. Supreme Court justices.

Reid apparently thought he saw a path for permanent control of the judicial system in America through his gambit of reducing the hallowed 60 vote requirement.

He might have believed the Democrats would forever control the Senate and so too have a compliant president.

But strange things happen. Now Harry and Barack Obama are gone. And a funny thing happened to their “inevitable” president, Hillary Clinton. Trump beat her.

Trump is a new kind of leader. He really wants to make America great again. So rather than waiting to get slapped around by Schumer and Company, Trump unleashed “the nuclear option” by proposing Republicans, now in the majority, fill out Reid’s grand scheme and make a simple majority the rule, even for supreme court vacancies.

Before control of the Senate slipped to the GOP, Reid had his satisfaction of lauding important lower courts with his and President Obama’s loyalists. That’s all over with now, up and down the line. Even though judges serve for life, lower court openings pop up regularly.

Trump might get two or more supreme court picks.

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