McCain on nuclear option: ‘Dark day’ in Senate history

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April 4, 2017

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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday expressed sorrow about the growing likelihood that Senate Republicans will invoke the so-called “nuclear option” to end filibusters on Supreme Court justice confirmations.

“I think it’s a dark day in the history of the United State’s Senate,” McCain told CNN’s “New Day.”

“It’s going to happen and it’s interesting that Republicans were dead seat against it when my former colleague Harry Reid invoked it with the judges, but now it seems to be okay.”

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) became the 41st Democrat to say he will oppose cloture on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, giving Democrats enough backing to filibuster President Trump’s pick.
Republicans, who have said they will confirm Gorsuch “one way or another,” have signaled use of the nuclear option, which would alter Senate rules so that only a 51-person simple majority is needed for confirmation.

  • Walter Flatt

    WOULD YOU BE SURPRISED IF THIS SONG BIRD DID NOT VOTE AGAINST THE REPUBLICANS. I WOULD NOT. TRUMP WAS RIGHT AGAIN WHEN HE SAID MCCAIN WAS NOT A HERO.

    YOU ALL AND THIS GOVERNMENT HAD BETTER WORRY ABOUT THE MUSLIMS HERE AT HOME.

    PUBLIC LAW 414, PAGE 2, SECTION 212, WAS PASSED IN 1952 THAT BANS ALL PEOPLE TRYING TO DESTROY OUR COUNTY, AND MUSLIMS QUALIF TO BE DEPORTED. READ THE QURAN, THEIR BIBLE.

    COULD IT BE THAT OBAMA HAS SET US UP FOR HIM TO LEAD A MUSLIM INVASION OF OUR COUNTRY? READ THEIR BIBLE, THE QURAN.

    IF NOT,

    WHY ARE THERE 5 MUSLIM CAMPS IN N. VIRGINA, CLOSE TO DC.

    WHY TRY AND BUY UP ALL AMMO AND TAKE OUR GUNS.

    WHY ALLOW IN EXCESS OF 36 MUSLIM CAMPS. (PERHAPS HUNDREDS)

    (BUILD A FEMA CAMP IN EVERY STATE? SOME STATE HAS MORE THAN ONE. BUILT AND SUPPORTED BY YOUR TAX MONEY.

    WHY, WHILE IN OFFICE, DID HE SET HIS CABINET WITH MOSTLY MUSLIMS.

    WHY, WAS HILLIARY’S TOP AIDE A RADICAL MUSLIM,

    LAST WHY, DID OBAMA SEND BILLIONS TO HIS MUSLIM FRIENDS.

  • irked

    This old song-bird does not belong in office!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He calls himself a Republican but in truth he is a democrat.

  • Rodney Steward

    I wished John-Boy and Graham would go ahead and move to the other side, they already act like clowns with stupid answers to everything!

  • Janis

    Does anybody else find it ironic that John McCain, who along with his asshat buddy Lindsey Graham, are ready to go to possible nuclear war with any nation on the face of the earth over anything, is so concerned about invoking the “nuclear option” to get a Supreme Court Justice in order to get the government moving?

  • Mary Eleanor Urso

    The devil is in the details. Sen McCain says of Harry Reid, “my former colleague Harry Reid…” Go home Sen, McCain. It’s past time for you to retire.

  • used_to_be_a_liberal

    McCain, take a long walk off a very short pier.

    • Rodney Steward

      With a short rope around his neck!

      • used_to_be_a_liberal

        exactly!!!!

  • justinwachin

    Once the filibuster ends, the Senate will have to start doing something. The days of the Senate doing a lot of talk and having to vote on whether to vote will be over. The days of accomplishing very little will finally come to an end.

    The Democrats need to decide if their opposition to replacing a conservative justice with a likely conservative justice is worth ending the filibuster over. They need to keep in mind three liberal justices are likely to retire during President Trump’s time in office. Once the filibuster is gone hopefully the Court will move a little more to the center than it had previously been with each replacement of a liberal justice with a Constitutional conservative. Hopefully the practice of judicial activism will finally end.

  • goldie

    It was a dark day when you showed your true colors – dem in disguise. Your dark days are only beginning.

  • snowyriver

    Senator John McCain Sir: Would you please elaborate in when you were pardoned by president Nixon as you were about to be court martialed, for your song-bird actions, while you were a military prisoner of war. Thank you

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  • Stephen Howe

    Someone needs to school the LOSERS in the newly-minted Crybaby Prty about mathematics. YOU LOSE, Demwits. You are a MINORITY, and we will WALK RIGHT OVER YOU and your petulant, whining, leftist liberal philosophy.

  • Tiger

    And if anybody knows about Dark Days it is McCain who again how many planes did he crash? Whose plane was hit on that air carrier? Who fought the fires on deck and who ran under deck to help?

    Dark is your history McCain.

  • Ramon1710 .

    “I think it’s a dark day in the history of the United State’s Senate,” McCain told CNN’s “New Day.”

    It’s using the same methods the enemy used during the Bush Administration to stack the judiciary with communists. Fillibusters were meant for legislation, but since cheating is what democrats know best, they started using it to block good judicial nominees. When the Republicans followed suit, the democoms again cheated by requiring a simple majority vote.

    Hanoi John should appreciate playing tag with the enemy. He certainly followed the game calls of the North Vietnamese.

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