The power game, as played inside the beltway, is brutal.
So it is no surprise that Trumpcare's failure has emboldened Democratic players.
The result is that Neil Gorsuch could wind up "Getting Borked." Once not confirmed for the U.S. Supreme Court the legacy of that legal figure is so tarnished that it may never recover. That's come to be known as "getting Borked." After Robert Bork was knocked out of the box he could not restore his previous brand equity.
The Democrats have regained their confidence. As Reuters reports:
"Four more Democratic senators added their support to a growing effort to block a confirmation vote through the use the procedural hurdle called a filibuster that requires 60 votes ... to allow a confirmation vote ... Republicans control the Senate 52-48 "
However, adds Reuters, the GOP can change the rules. That change could prohibit filibusters against the SCOTUS nominee. The vote by the committee will take place next Monday.
What is increasingly obvious is this: Political rookies shouldn't take on high-profile roles in the D.C. power game. Donald Trump has demonstrated what an amateur he is. Yet he has appointed another rookie, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, to head the overall of government agencies. By accepting the nomination amateur Gorsuch has opened himself to destroying his brand. It is unknown if he could overcome not being confirmed.
If Gorsuch is not confirmed that will be a second stunner of a setback for the Trump Administration. Trump could wind up being a Do-Nothing leader. For the sake of the nation's economy his party might encourage him to resign.
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