Letters to the editor
High Court filibuster would be wrong move
Oregon's U.S. senators should not push to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. Democrats (and Republicans) are right to be outraged at Senate Republicans' refusal to fill Justice Scalia's seat on the Supreme Court and the consequent disregard for the welfare of our nation's political institutions. But a Democratic filibuster at this time would be counterproductive and likely ensure that Republicans will remove the filibuster option from future Supreme Court nominations the way Democrats banned the practice for lower court nominations in 2013. This back-and-forth political game is hurting the American people and institutions.
It is time to recognize the realities and limitations of our current political situation, be reasonable, and work with other reasonable politicians across the aisle. The filibuster proposed by Sen. Jeff Merkley will not prevent the Republicans from filling Justice Scalia's seat on the bench, but it may ensure that a more radical nominee will obtain a lifetime role on the Supreme Court. The option is not between President Obama's nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, and Judge Gorsuch, but instead between Judge Gorsuch's appropriate temperament and legal acuity for the court and potentially a far worse option.
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