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McCain: 'Dark Day' If Senate Uses Nuclear Option

| by Ray Brown

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona is not comfortable with his party possibly having to use the "nuclear option" to approve Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court of the U.S. and pointed out the GOP's hypocrisy.

"I think it’s a dark day in the history of the United State’s Senate," McCain told CNN. "It’s going to happen, and it’s interesting that Republicans were dead seat against it when my former colleague Harry Reid invoked it with the judges, but now it seems to be okay."

McCain referred to former President Barack Obama's 2016 Supreme Court nomination pick, Merrick Garland, whom Republicans refused to hold a vote on, arguing that a sitting president shouldn't be able to appoint a judge to the Supreme Court during the final year of his presidency.

But with Democrats dead-set against Gorsuch with the numbers to hold a filibuster, who President Donald Trump nominated, Republicans have threatened to hold a vote to ban the filibuster, also known as the "nuclear option," which they can do with a simple majority.

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"If you can do this with 51 votes, what do you think the next nominee is going to be like?" McCain added. "What do you think is going to happen when eventually the Democrats are in majority in the Senate? That’s going to happen sooner rather than later. I hope later."

"It is depressing; I'm very depressed," McCain said, according to WWNO. "We're all arguing against it, but we don't know any other option."

Democratic Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer blasted Republican Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell for threatening to use the nuclear option.

"It's on [McConnell's] shoulders and only on his shoulders," Schumer said. "And let's not forget, he doesn't come to the court, so to speak, with clean hands. This is the man who broke 230 years of precedent and held Judge Garland up for a year and a half, and now is complaining."

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Although Republicans don't have the 60 votes to avoid a filibuster, they do have some Democratic support for Gorsuch's nomination, including Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

"What's the place going to look like 10 years from now, you know? What goes around comes around. People that have been here a long time know we're going down the wrong path here," Manchin told reporters. "The most unique political body in the world, meaning the United States Senate, will be no more than a six-year term in the House, and I don't think anyone will want to be here with that."

Sources: CNN Politics/Twitter, WWNO / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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