The Washington Post doesn’t get it right most of the time, but it’s much appreciated when they do.
In its latest Fact Checker release, the Post reveals that the Democrats have been lying in order to delay the confirmation of President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, by repeating a “false talking point.”
The vote to confirm Gorsuch is happening next week, so, naturally, Senate Democrats are busy opposing him, but are doing so “using one of their favorite — but inaccurate — claims that there is a ‘standard,’ ‘tradition,’ or ‘rule’ that a Supreme Court nominee must receive 60 votes.”
However, “there is no such standard,” notes The Post:
In fact, two of the current justices on the court did not receive 60 votes. Just a simple majority of votes (51 of 100 Senators) are required to confirm Gorsuch. But insisting on this supposed “standard” is a tactic Democrats are using in an attempt to filibuster and delay Gorsuch’s vote.
Sen. Bernie Sanders is among those lying about the non-rule in his argument this week:
Sanders used technical language of arcane Senate procedures to make his case, but we don’t buy it. A filibuster generally refers to extended debate that delays a vote on a pending matter, while cloture is a device to end debate. Filibusters are used by opponents of a nominee or legislation, while cloture is filed by supporters. Under current Senate rules, it takes 60 votes to end debate.
When Republicans were in the minority, Sanders was perfectly happy to call GOP demands for 60 votes “filibusters.” He should admit that’s what’s happening now, rather than engaging in verbal gymnastics to obscure the truth.
The lying Senate Dems were awarded “Three Pinocchios.”