March 31, 2017

Ripped From The Headlines: McCaskill’s Filibuster Comments Put Her In Political Peril

Judge Neil Gorsuch’s looming confirmation vote has put Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in a tough spot. She under a tremendous amount of pressure from the left-wing grassroots to join Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren in their filibuster. Yet at the same time, private comments now show that McCaskill knows that a filibuster is a bad move for Democrats.

Since McCaskill’s comments have been made public, she’s been under withering fire from liberals. On the Daily Kos McCaskill’s statements have brought the name-callers out in force:

“Of all the tired, pathetic arguments Democrats have had over the years for not confronting Republican malfeasance, the idea that they have to keep their powder dry is the lamest. And it’s that pathetic, misguided argument that Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) seems to be making.”

The brutal comments coming at McCaskill highlight the lose-lose situation she finds herself in as she prepares to run for re-election in 2018. Either she pisses off primary voters or looks out of touch with general election voters. See below for more headlines that underscore that:

Kansas City Star: McCaskill warns Democratic donors of pitfalls of blocking Trump nominee for high court

Daily Kos: Delusional McCaskill actually argues Democrats should save the filibuster for the next awful nominee

Associated Press: McCaskill ‘torn’ over Gorsuch vote, warns Dem donors of political risk in filibuster

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Leaked tape: McCaskill tells donors she’s leery of filibustering Trump’s Supreme Court pick

Washington Examiner: McCaskill tells Dem donors that blocking Gorsuch could have disastrous results

Washington Times: Leaked audio reveals McCaskill not sold on Gorsuch filibuster