Schumer’s Machiavellian filibuster gambit

In chess, a gambit is an opening maneuver intended to draw one's opponent into a position where he can be taken advantage of.  Sometimes a gambit involves the sacrifice of a piece, often a pawn, to entice the opponent. On Thursday, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that his caucus would filibuster the confirmation of President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch.  Under current Senate rules, Republicans would be unable to stop the filibuster unless eight Democrats cross party lines and provide 60 votes for cloture. Schumer appears confident that that will not happen. If the Republicans cannot stop the filibuster, it is likely that they will exercise the so-called "nuclear option" and change the Senate rules to allow the confirmation of Supreme Court nominees on a simple majority vote.  (Republicans will probably do this because Schumer's predecessor, the now retired Harry Reid, changed the rules...(Read Full Post)