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Trump lo aveva detto, ed adesso lo fa. Nuclear Option. – NYT

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-04-06.

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In cosa consista l’opzione nucleare è stato già a lungo spiegato.

Trump. Entro la settimana Mr Neil Gorsuch alla Suprema Corte.

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«The Senate barreled toward an institution-rattling confrontation on Thursday over the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, with Democrats preparing to filibuster the selection and Republicans vowing to change longstanding rules to bypass the blockade.»

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«Lawmakers are expected to convene in the late morning to decide whether to end debate and advance to a final vote on Judge Gorsuch»

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«If the Democratic filibuster holds — meaning fewer than 60 senators agree to proceed — Republicans have pledged to pursue the so-called nuclear option: abandoning long-held practice by lifting President Trump’s nominee with a simple majority vote. His final confirmation is expected on Friday.»

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«Deploying the nuclear option would fundamentally alter the way the Senate operates — a sign of the body’s creeping rancor in recent years after decades of at least relative bipartisanship on Supreme Court matters»

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«Republicans have argued that changing the rules to push through the nomination is their only option»

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– La così detta “nuclear option” è una manovra espressamente prevista dalla legislazione americana e dai regolamenti del Senato. Applicandola non si fa altro che rispettare la legge nello spirito e nella lettera.

– È significativo che il NYT riporti solo una intervista ad un senatore repubblicano e tutte le altre a senatori democratici. Prendiamo nuovamente atto che è giornale di parte, considerazione utile nel valutare criticamente i suoi scritti.

– I liberals democratici non hanno ancora elaborato il lutto di essere riusciti a perdere contemporaneamente le elezioni presidenziali, quelle al Congresso e quelle al Senato. Mr Putin fu laconico: «Non sanno perdere con dignità e stile».

– I liberals democratici si erano illusi che la loro Weltanschauung fosse condivisa da tutti i cittadini americani e che questi fossero manipolabili a piacere: la realtà era invece del tutto differente. La gente comune non sa proprio cosa farsene. In particolare, ha sopportato le idee liberal in campo etico e morale per il semplice motivo che queste erano loro imposte per legge e, nel caso, tramite i tribunali. Appena è stato possibile andare a votare, si sono sbarazzati dei liberals, e tirando anche un sospiro di sollievo.

– In questi due mesi di presidenza il Presidente Trump ha iniziato a smantellare sistematicamente tutti i centri di potere democratici, a partire dal clima per arrivare alla Bar. In pratica, sta loro togliendo i fondi federali ed esclude questi centri dai poteri decisionali. Se gli effetti pratici si vedranno lentamente nel tempo, serviranno anni, i liberal democratici più intelligenti hanno capito alla perfezione che Mr Trump si sta muovendo per annientarli alla radice: ha già distrutto quasi tre ani di lavoro del passato Presidente, Mr Obama. Sono esasperati.

– Né possono illudersi che manipolare quel poco di piazza che ancora riescono a gestire con i residui fondi accumulati è manovra che incanta nessuno. Lo studio dei volti dei dimostranti evidenzia come siano sempre gli stessi, anche se in trasferta.

– Infine, Mr Trump ha 101 milioni di followers Twitter. Bel poco gli cale che la quasi totalità dei media e delle televisioni lo osteggi a sangue: tanto la gente non legge quei giornali e volta canale quando compaiono le anchorpersons.

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Il risultato della posizione psicologica e politica dei liberals democratici giova soltanto a due persone, che stanno assistendo compiaciute di quanto accade, e versano sapientemente benzina sul fuoco: Mr Putin da una parte e, messo bene in disparte nella buca del suggeritore, Mr Xi. Far litigare gli avversari è stata una loro opera magistrale, che entrerà negli annali della storia politica.


The New York Times. 2017-04-06. G.O.P. and Democrats Set to Collide on Filibuster and Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The Senate barreled toward an institution-rattling confrontation on Thursday over the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, with Democrats preparing to filibuster the selection and Republicans vowing to change longstanding rules to bypass the blockade.

Lawmakers are expected to convene in the late morning to decide whether to end debate and advance to a final vote on Judge Gorsuch. If the Democratic filibuster holds — meaning fewer than 60 senators agree to proceed — Republicans have pledged to pursue the so-called nuclear option: abandoning long-held practice by lifting President Trump’s nominee with a simple majority vote. His final confirmation is expected on Friday.

Deploying the nuclear option would fundamentally alter the way the Senate operates — a sign of the body’s creeping rancor in recent years after decades of at least relative bipartisanship on Supreme Court matters. Both parties have likewise warned of sweeping effects on the future of the court, predicting that the shift will lead to the elevation of more ideologically extreme judges if only a majority is required for confirmation.

Yet for weeks, the outcome of the Senate fight has appeared preordained, even as members lament its inevitability as a low moment for the chamber. In recent days, faint rumblings of a deal to avert the clash have faded almost entirely.

“We are standing on the brink of an irrevocable change to the way this body conducts business,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, said on Wednesday.

He added, “I, for one, would like to see us step back from the brink.”

But Democrats showed no signs of forsaking their filibuster plans. That has pleased their most progressive voters, who have preached resistance to Mr. Trump at every opportunity, and supplied the minority party with perhaps its loudest megaphone so far under the new president.

Many Democrats remain furious over the treatment last year of Judge Merrick B. Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the seat left vacant with the February 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Republicans refused to even consider Judge Garland during the presidential election year.

At the same time, critics of Judge Gorsuch say they have identified ample reasons to oppose him, citing concerns over his record on workers’ rights and whether he will be reliably independent from Mr. Trump and conservative groups like the Federalist Society, among other issues.

Republicans have argued that changing the rules to push through the nomination is their only option, seeking to shift responsibility for blowing up the Senate’s longstanding practices to the Democrats. Allowing the filibuster to succeed, they say, would cause more damage than overriding Senate precedent to ensure it fails.

“I hope they’ll consider what their actions would mean for future Supreme Court confirmations. I hope they’ll consider what their actions could mean for the future of this body more broadly,” the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said of Democrats on Wednesday. “Because, as we all know, the American people will be watching.”

“History,” he added, “will record the decision Democrats make.”

History is likely to record it all. But Republicans have taken particular pains to highlight what they deem escalations of hostilities by Democrats through the years. These include efforts to block judicial nominees under President George W. Bush and a rule change in 2013, when Democrats controlled the Senate, to bar filibusters on lower-court judgeships and executive branch nominees.

For the body’s most veteran lawmakers in both parties, the moment has been trying.

The longest-serving senator, Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, had initially said he was disinclined to embrace a filibuster. But on Wednesday, he railed against his Republican colleagues from the Senate floor.

“They have no interest in playing by the rules,” he said. “They prefer to break them.”

Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, the longest-serving Republican, said the episode had bothered him “as much as any battle that we’ve had” through his four decades in the chamber.

But when considering a judge whom conservatives view as deeply qualified and uncontroversial, Mr. Hatch said he had no choice. The Supreme Court filibuster would have to go.

“I won’t be happy about that,” he said. “But I will do it.”

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