There has been a lot in the news over the last week, but perhaps the most significant and long lasting bit of news was the Senate Confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Justice Gorsuch, at the young age of 49, will serve a lifelong appointment on the nation’s highest court.
However, his confirmation didn’t come without drama. Early last week, Senate Democrats announced they had enough votes to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination. This means they had enough “no” votes to prevent Gorsuch from reaching the 60 vote threshold for confirmation. The Republican controlled senate was able to override that veto with a party line vote to “go nuclear.” This got rid of the filibuster for Gorsuch’s confirmation, and allowed for a simple majority vote to confirm him.
This highly politicized confirmation is not necessarily new, but it does set some dangerous precedents.
This week, I sat down with Kent State University Professor, Dr. Christopher Banks, who teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the Supreme Court, constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, the judicial process, American political theory, and American politics. We discussed what this confirmation means for the future of the Supreme Court and the judiciaries role in our government going forward.