Senate confirms Gorsuch to Supreme Court
The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to become an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, giving the President a major victory, while fulfilling his promise to put a conservative in the mould of the late Antonin Scalia on the Court.
The final vote was 54 to 45. Only two Democrats voted for Gorsuch. With Gorsuch on the Court, conservatives again hold a 5-4 majority.
Democrats fought the nomination with all the legislative and parliamentary tools at their disposal. But their tactics resulted in Republicans changing Senate rules -- the so-called "nuclear option" -- on Thursday, eliminating the use of a filibuster for judicial nominees.
For conservatives, Gorush is a huge win. Humble in his manner, respectful of the Constitution, and against judges legislating from the bench, Gorsuch promises to be exactly the sort of reasoned, articulate, constitutionalist voice conservatives have long wanted and fought for.
Gorsuch could be sworn in within days, as the Court prepares to rule in a number of important cases, and sets its agenda for the next term.
Congratulations to all of you who contacted your Senators in this effort. And even if your Senator was among those (all Democrats) who voted against Gorsuch...many of them will be up for re-election in 2018.