Chuck Schumer committed the Democrat Party to obstructing Donald Trump at every turn.
That was especially true of judicial nominations.
But by obstructing Trump’s picks, Schumer made a mistake he instantly came to regret.
After Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, it was clear to pundits that Donald Trump now has the opportunity to cement a conservative majority on the Supreme Court for a generation.
The entire liberal legal project is at risk of being tossed in the dustbin of history.
Ending the horror of abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade.
Every single liberal legal wish list item could be undone by Trump’s new Supreme Court justice and reverse the decisions where Kennedy provided the left with the deciding vote.
And the Senate just needs a bare majority to confirm Trump’s nominee.
This means the Democrats are powerless to stop the Republican-controlled Senate from confirming a rock solid conservative to take Kennedy’s place.
And it’s all because of Chuck Schumer.
In 2016, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to replace Justice Antonin Scalia because McConnell rightly believed a lame duck President should not decide the makeup of the Supreme Court.
McConnell was also following the Biden rule, which had been set by Vice President Joe Biden when he was Senate Judiciary Committee chairman in 1992.
At the time, Biden had stated that Supreme Court vacancies should not be decided during an election year, and that the voters should answer the question about who they wanted making Supreme Court nominations.
Because of this rule, Democrats lost their chance to sneak a liberal on the court to replace the conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016 and tip the balance of every major decision in their favor.
So when Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace Scalia, the Democrat base demanded payback.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer launched a doomed attempt to filibuster the Gorsuch nomination.
When Republicans were confronted with Schumer’s filibuster, Mitch McConnell responded by leading the Senate Republicans to pay the Democrats back by eliminating the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations.
McConnell’s payback was from when Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had launched the nuclear option in 2013.
Democrats had voted along party lines to lower the threshold for Executive and Judicial branch nominees – Supreme Court nominees were exempted – to just 51 votes.
At the time, Mitch McConnell said Reid would come to regret ending the filibuster stating, “You’ll regret this, and you may regret this a lot sooner than you think.”
Neil Gorsuch was an extremely qualified nominee and his selection did not change the makeup of the court.
Trump was just replacing one conservative with another.
But now that Kennedy has retired, Trump can shift the court significantly to the right and there is nothing the Democrats can do to stop it.
All thanks to Chuck Schumer overplaying his hand in the Gorsuch fight.
Schumer indulged the radical left’s thirst for blood prematurely, and now they are paying the price.