Liberals To Senate Dems: Obstruct Gorsuch Or Else
The rampant Democratic civil war has highlighted the anger growing within the extremist, liberal grassroots. While the DNC race absorbed much of that energy, the primary source of all that fury is now being firmly directed at Senate Democrats. Specifically, the looming fight to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court has led many progressive groups to demand that all Senate Democrats embrace their obstructionist beliefs and block this very well qualified judge.
In The Hill this morning many progressive groups have all but announced that a vote for Judge Gorsuch would mean a liberal primary challenge in 2018:
“There’s a growing realization that the best way to yank Democrats out of possible complacency over the Supreme Court debate is to drop the P-bomb: primary challenge. Activists are warming up to the threat leveled by liberal filmmaker Michael Moore. He tweeted on Feb. 1 that if Democrats don’t block Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, ‘we will find a true progressive and primary u in the next election.’ Neil Sroka, communications director for Democracy for America, a liberal advocacy group with 1 million members nationwide, says any Democrat who votes for Gorsuch will be out of step with the party’s base.”
A leading factor influencing the growing anger among progressive groups is that many Democrats have already shown positive inclinations toward Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation:
“Three centrist Democrats up for reelection next year — Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.) — and independent Sen. Angus King (Maine) applauded when Trump touted Gorsuch during his address to Congress last week… Another centrist Democrat, Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.), was recently spotted strolling with the judge — a Colorado native — in downtown Denver, and hundreds of lawyers from the state have urged Bennet to back him. Meanwhile, Tim Swarens, the opinion editor at the Indianapolis Star, predicts Donnelly will vote for Gorsuch.”
The Hill also points out that although progressive groups are making a lot of threatening noises they, unlike Judicial Crisis Network, have yet to put their money where their mouth is:
“The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative group that backs Gorsuch, is spending a $10 million budget airing ads promoting his record in red states represented by Democratic senators. The media response from the left has been muted. People for the American Way, a liberal group, launched a 30-second online ad in early February charging that Gorsuch doesn’t respect the Constitution and would ‘put powerful interests ahead of the American people.’ Overall, however, conservatives are winning the message war.”
All of this adds up to a picture of the left in complete disarray. It’s no wonder that The Hill stated that “conservatives are winning the message war” on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination.