I clipped the following directly from an indivisibleguide.com email I received this morning. —
After their embarrassing failure on TrumpCare, Republicans really want a win. Their plan? To get an extreme, unpopular nominee confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court this Friday, before they have to answer to you over the upcoming recess. But there are a couple of flaws in this scheme: first, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is short on the votes he needs, and second, you’re going to use recess to hold them accountable, no matter what happens this week (just ask Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)).
Nuclear is not an option
Gorsuch’s extreme record has left him short of the 60 votes traditionally required to close debate and vote on a Supreme Court nominee. Instead of admitting defeat and requesting a more mainstream nominee, McConnell is now threatening to invoke the incredibly unpopular “nuclear option” and change 230 years of Senate precedent to eliminate the filibuster and ram Gorsuch through with fewer than 60 votes.
Many Republicans are very nervous about blowing up the rules over this one vote—and they should be. If you have Democratic senators, tell them to stand strong, and if you have Republican senators, tell them to back away from the nuclear option. The message is simple: if your Supreme Court nominee is so extreme that he can’t get to 60 votes, you don’t change the rules, you change the nominee!
Does your Senator work for you or Mitch McConnell?
Despite McConnell’s best efforts to rally his Republican caucus behind the “nuclear option” ahead of recess, many Republican senators have deep reservations about permanently altering one of our branches of government to ram Gorsuch through. Some have expressed reservations publicly; some are questioning McConnell’s leadership behind closed doors. Word travels fast in D.C., and by now it is an open secret that the ten senators below are feeling nervous. Do any of them represent you? If so, your calls this week matter now more than ever.
Dean Heller (R-NV), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bob Corker (R-TN), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Susan Collins (R-ME), Shelley Capito (R-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)