It looked for a second like Sen. Shaheen (for once!) was going to buck her party and support giving Neil Gorsuch the up-or-down vote he deserves.
However, Shaheen walked back her comments and announced today that she is going to join Sen. Schumer’s partisan filibuster, despite Judge Gorsuch’s sterling credentials for The Supreme Court.
Just yesterday, The New Hampshire Union-Leader editorial board criticized Democrats’ obstruction efforts and called their efforts “pointless.”
Gorsuch is a brilliant jurist with a remarkable ability to communicate complex legal theories in easily understood terms. He would be an excellent addition to the United States Supreme Court.
But since he interprets the law as it is written, and not as Democrats wish it were, many Democratic senators will vote against Gorsuch. This should forever dispel the fiction that they ever really cared about the qualifications of Republican nominees.
Unsurprisingly, Sen. Shaheen is backtracking on her initial word and focusing on partisan politics instead of allowing Judge Gorsuch an up-or-down vote.