Thank You, Senator McCaskill. You Got My “I’m With Her!” Pledge For 2018

Here’s the headline from The Hill:

Key Dem McCaskill to oppose Gorsuch, back filibuster

The lede:

Image result for claire mccaskillSen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on Friday said she will vote to support a filibuster of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

The announcement makes it significantly harder for Gorsuch to muster the 60 votes he needs to overcome a filibuster and advance to a final confirmation vote.

The fight isn’t over, of course. We still have to worry about these senators:

To avoid a showdown over the rules, it now becomes crucial for Gorsuch to pick up the support of the two remaining undecided Democrats who face reelection next year in strongly pro-Trump states: Sen. Jon Tester(Mont.) and Sen. Joe Donnelly (Ind.).

Gorsuch would likely also need the support of senior Democrats such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.), who might be concerned about preserving their power to filibuster for the next vacancy on the court.

Other Democrats up in the air are centrist Sens. Mark Warner (Va.) and Chris Coons (Del.), along with Independent Sen. Angus King (Maine), who praised Gorsuch earlier this year as “exceedingly independent.”

But, dammit, it’s good to know that my senator, Claire McCaskill, for whatever reason, decided to do the right thing. To quote a phrase: I’m With Her.

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  1. I am thinking that she read your letter, Duane.

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    • Ha! I wish! I think she read a lot of emails and got a lot of calls, including mine! The enthusiasm, and that’s worth a lot, wasn’t on the side of doing nothing. She figured that out and, to tell the truth, she came up with a damned good jurisprudential argument against Gorsuch. I thought it was very powerful.

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