Adam Liptak and Matt Flegenheimer report from the parallel universe of the New York Times on the Gorsuch confirmation vote:
Friday's vote was only possible after the Senate discarded longstanding rules meant to ensure mature deliberation and bipartisan cooperation in considering Supreme Court nominees.Here in this universe, the requirement of a supermajority to terminate debate has never been a significant factor in Supreme Court confirmations. Abe Fortas in 1968 did not have even majority support, so while the filibuster was used it was not necessary. All the Supreme Court nominations since then have either gone to a vote or been withdrawn when it was clear that the nominee did not have even majority support. The number of Supreme Court nominees in American history who have been denied confirmation because they had majority support but less than the supermajority required for cloture is precisely zero.
But neither side harbored any doubts, based on the judge's opinions, other writings and the president who nominated him, that Judge Gorsuch would be a reliable conservative committed to following the original understanding of those who drafted and ratified the Constitution.In the Parallel Universe, original understanding points reliably toward conservative results. In this one, as readers of this blog and people who followed Justice Scalia's jurisprudence know, sometimes original understanding yields a result cheered by our friends on the political left.
It was perhaps the most audacious escalation in a series of precedent-busting Senate skirmishes in recent decades -- tracing from Democratic opposition to Judge Robert H. Bork and Justice Clarence Thomas to the wide-scale use of the filibuster by Republicans under Mr. Obama.In this universe, it was the Democrats who first made widescale use of the filibuster for district and circuit judge nominees during the administration of President George W. Bush. In the PU, that is only something those wascally Wepublicans use to "pin blame."
Update: Darla Cameron reports for the WaPo on the confirmations of the justices from Scalia to Gorsuch. The subtitle notes, "no Supreme Court nominee has ever been blocked by a single-party filibuster."