Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said Sunday that her party should not have invoked the so-called nuclear option and abolished the legislative filibuster for judicial nominees.
The remarks come just before Judge Brett Kavanaugh will appear for confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republican lawmakers expect Kavanaugh will be confirmed if he acquits himself well at the hearings.
“I would’ve liked to see 60 votes, no matter what the judge is,” Klobuchar told NBC. “I don’t think we should’ve made that change when we look back at it. But it happened because we were so frustrated because President Obama wasn’t able to get his nominees.”
But Klobuchar added that neither party is likely to reimpose the filibuster over judicial nominations since doing so would cede a huge tactical advantage.
“I don’t think anyone’s going to want to hamstring themselves,” she said.