I am interviewed for an article published this afternoon in the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal, previewing the procedural aspects of the Senate’s confirmation process for Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Anytime a major decision is before the United States Senate, the 60 vote majority rule plays a role. This article lays out the different ways that the Senate can get to a majority to confirm Gorsuch, including some parliamentary details that interested readers will want to learn about. Seriously, had you ever heard of the Two Speech Rule before?
My takes, first on the procedure:
My expectation is that Democrat leadership in the Senate will insist on a cloture vote for Judge Gorsuch’s nomination, but that the motion will receive 60 votes, and that he will then be confirmed with a range of 55 to 60 votes.
And on the substance:
His broad spectrum support from liberal as well as conservative law professors, attorneys, law school classmates, former clerks, and others has entirely overwhelmed the cartoonish opposition that left wing groups have tried to mount against him by cherry picking and misreading his opinions.
Read the entire article here.