In fact, Democrats are free to try and stop federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation for any reason they desire, whether ideological or personal, or even no particular reason at all. U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. – who supports his nomination – has been an advocate around Capitol Hill and plans to introduce him when Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings start Monday. “This is a Gary Cooper character”, Krauthammer said on “Special Report” tonight.
Neil Gorsuch’s nomination is every bit as significant as Democrats’ outrage and opposition suggests, but not for the reasons they would have you believe. “He will either get 60 votes and be confirmed or otherwise, whatever procedural steps are necessary”.
“My expectation is that Democrat leadership in the Senate will insist on a cloture vote for Judge Gorsuch’s nomination, but that the motion will receive 60 votes, and that he will then be confirmed with a range of 55 to 60 votes”, François said in an email to The Daily Signal. Pildes said, “I think that there’s no question that all of the writings of people that get appointed to the court at this point have been pored over extensively by the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, covered in the newspapers, and he will certainly be questioned about his past writings, and I’m sure those will be examined fairly thoroughly”.
Democratic senators readily acknowledge the pressure they are feeling from liberal grassroots activists and groups like Lambda Legal.
“This is the genius of Trump’s madness”, said Craig Varoga, a Democratic operative who has directed spending at many of his party’s top nonprofits over the years. Yet judges like Gorsuch believe in applying the law as it is written, not as they might wish it to be.
Former Gorsuch clerk David Feder, now a Los Angeles attorney, recalled being invited to Gorsuch’s home for Thanksgiving during his time as his clerk when the judge learned he couldn’t go home for the holidays. To put Gorsuch on the Supreme Court is another poke in the eye to the little guy Trump promised to remember.
Our federal courts are critically important to protecting voting rights and participation in the political process; ensuring equal treatment for all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation; protecting access to comprehensive health care; making sure our air is safe to breathe and our water is safe to drink; and ultimately providing a check and balance on the powers of Congress and the president. According to KDVR, Bennet also said he had spent the most time talking with Gorsuch about Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that made it legal for corporations to spend unlimited funds to elect or defeat candidates. The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision in 2014 was seen as a “dangerous and radical” one that could enable employers to simply claim religious beliefs to gain exemption from laws barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The seat Gorsuch was nominated to fill was a prominent issue in the 2016 presidential race as voters considered who should pick a justice to fill the ninth seat on an ideologically split bench. Democratic groups are pushing senators to not confirm Gorsuch, pointing to problematic rulings and demanding that the Democrats stand in unity against the nominee. The group stockpiled $10 million in money in advance of a looming Supreme Court fight. Gorsuch reasoned that Maddin had been asked by TransAm not to leave his trailer but did anyway.