04/04/2017

Five Democrats Most Likely To Regret Gorsuch Obstruction

Brendan Kirby, LifeZette

Partisan Supreme Court filibuster will complicate already tough re-election fights for vulnerable liberals

Senate Democrats are nearly fully united in staging an unprecedented filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, but the partisan blockade of his confirmation is likely to jeopardize some of the party’s most vulnerable members facing re-election next year.

Perhaps, that is why the only three Democrats up for re-election next year who have broken ranks so far — Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.)  — all hail from three of the states that most heavily backed President Donald Trump in last year’s election.

But other Democrats — including some who have come out against Gorsuch and others who remain publicly undecided — also face peril. Polls reveal little appetite among the public for the scorched-earth strategy Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has adopted. A HuffPost/YouGov survey last week found 40 percent of Americans think Gorsuch should be confirmed, while just 23 percent were opposed.

A Politico poll found support for Gorsuch by a similar margin of 44 percent in favor and 23 percent against. Even a quarter of Democrats favored confirmation, compared with 39 percent opposed. A CBS News poll last month pegged support for Gorsuch at 29 percent, compared with 16 percent opposed. That was higher than support registered for Justice Elena Kagan when she was nominated and about the same as support for Justice Sonia Sotomayor before her confirmation vote.

The Judicial Crisis Network, which is supporting Gorsuch, announced it is spending $1 million on ads in the states of four vulnerable Democrats — Indiana, Colorado, Montana and Missouri.

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