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Old 10-11-2018, 11:21 AM
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Increase it to 2/3 you won't see a confirmation for decades. No Trump nominated pick would have been acceptable to the left.

Like the man says. Elections have consequences. You want input come up with a better candidate than Hillary. Maybe a middle of the road candidate acceptable to 2/3 of the voters.
Antonin Scalia was confirmed by a vote of 98-0 and Anthony Kennedy was confirmed by a vote of 97-0. Merrick Garland had more than enough bipartisan support to exceed a 2/3rds vote requirement which is why Mitch McConnell nefariously blocked the confirmation process.

While the selection for possible nominees was made by the extreme right Federalist Society there were arguably qualified judges on that list that would have been acceptable to Democrats. Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh based upon their judicial and personal history just weren't one of those candidates. Democrats don't oppose nominees that apply "originalism" as their criteria for interpretation of the Constitution (e.g. Scalia). They oppose nominees that apply "Republicanism" as their criteria for interpreting the Constitution.
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Merrick Garland had more than enough bipartisan support to exceed a 2/3rds vote requirement which is why Mitch McConnell nefariously blocked the confirmation process.
Nothing nefarious about it all. And he did not block the confirmation process, he said there was not going to be one.

Perfectly within his purview as Majority Speaker of the Senate.

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To the premise of the OP I would suggest 55 reasons why the process should remain as is.
The Constitution was finished on September 12, 1787. Of the 55 delegates, 42 attended most of the meetings, and 39 delegates (and the attesting secretary) actually signed the Constitution.

What we should do instead is put limitations on terms of office. Federal congress was never considered by the founders as a career choice, but a matter of public service to be performed briefly by successful members of the community. Now that it is being done by "community organizers" who are essentially the antithesis of "successful members of the community" it is time to effect a correction. via Constitutional amendment
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To the premise of the OP I would suggest 55 reasons why the process should remain as is.
The Constitution was finished on September 12, 1787. Of the 55 delegates, 42 attended most of the meetings, and 39 delegates (and the attesting secretary) actually signed the Constitution.

What we should do instead is put limitations on terms of office. Federal congress was never considered by the founders as a career choice, but a matter of public service to be performed briefly by successful members of the community. Now that it is being done by "community organizers" who are essentially the antithesis of "successful members of the community" it is time to effect a correction. via Constitutional amendment
I would also add to that and reiterate my call to repeal the 17th Amendment which puts the appointment of the Senate to a popular vote instead of the original intent upon allowing the state legislatures to appoint those that serve. So instead of Senators cow-towing to the party leaders (McConnell, Schumer) and voting in lock step with their party, Senators would consider legislation based on how that legislation would affect their state. If not, the state legislature could remove them and appoint a Senator that would.
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Antonin Scalia was confirmed by a vote of 98-0 and Anthony Kennedy was confirmed by a vote of 97-0. Merrick Garland had more than enough bipartisan support to exceed a 2/3rds vote requirement which is why Mitch McConnell nefariously blocked the confirmation process.

While the selection for possible nominees was made by the extreme right Federalist Society there were arguably qualified judges on that list that would have been acceptable to Democrats. Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh based upon their judicial and personal history just weren't one of those candidates. Democrats don't oppose nominees that apply "originalism" as their criteria for interpretation of the Constitution (e.g. Scalia). They oppose nominees that apply "Republicanism" as their criteria for interpreting the Constitution.
Merrick Garland's judicial record made him a non-starter for conservatives. No way would he have gotten near 2/3 vote.

No nominee from President Trump would have gotten a 2/3 vote, most Senate D's had decided to vote no before they even knew who the nominee was. They will simply resist any Trump move, good or bad.
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