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20 March 2017, 05:54 | Megan Pierce
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If confirmed, Gorsuch, who now serves on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado, would join at least 68 others with prior experience as judges.
Grassley was at the White House when Trump announced Gorsuch was his pick to fill the vacancy on the nation's highest court. Gorsuch's "originalist" views about constitutional interpretation, a controversial approach, will be described by his defenders as the legal equivalent of common sense, which again, only a lefty radical who despises constitutional limitations on Big Government could possibly oppose.
Gorsuch's major challenge, barring any major issues with his testimony this week, will more likely be related to any efforts by the Democrats in the Senate to keep his nomination from getting a full vote by deploying the filibuster. "He will either get 60 votes and be confirmed, or otherwise, whatever procedural steps are necessary, I believe, within a month or two, Neil Gorsuch will be an associate justice of the Supreme Court". When only a few people in the class raised their hands, Gorsuch allegedly pleaded with the students, insisting everyone's hands should have been raised because "many women use their companies for maternity benefits and then leave the company after the baby is born".
WHEN JUSTICE Antonin Scalia died a year ago, giant corporations and their right-wing buddies spent millions of dollars to keep the Supreme Court seat open so that Donald Trump could fill the vacancy. Both Republicans and Democrats have long resisted doing so as it would set a new precedent for the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominees in the future.
But how does Gorsuch handle the fact that Trump has lambasted specific federal judges when they ruled against him? Lindsey Graham, has met with 72 senators ahead of his confirmation hearings. However, through an audacious and historically unprecedented act of grand theft judiciary, the Republicans stole the seat out from under the Democrats and now have the chance to put a radical, young conservative on the Court for the next several decades. The well-publicized nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court by President Reagan in 1987 saw Bork get just 42 votes in the Senate, when the Republicans had just 45 seats.
In two days of questioning by Judiciary Committee members that will begin Tuesday, Gorsuch will try to avoid saying anything controversial and sidestep attempts by Democrats to pin him down on the most pressing legal issues that might come before the court. Blumenthal said he had prepared "tough but respectful" questions for hearings this week. The obvious response is that Reid didn't have a Supreme Court opening at the time that required it, but no one doubted that he would have made that change had Republicans not had the majority when Merrick Garland was nominated. A recent survey showed that 91 percent of Democratic congressional staffers expect him to be confirmed, as Democratic senators have failed to find any salient items that would merit disqualification. Richard Blumenthal will be looking for Trump's Supreme Court nominee to demonstrate a willingness to stand up to the president.
Also on Thursday, Lee discussed a letter he wrote to the State Department this week, in which he voiced his concern taxpayer dollars are going to organizations supported by George Soros.
Gorsuch's supporters dispute such criticism and argue that the judge is exceptionally well-qualified by background and temperament, mild-mannered and down to earth, the author of lucid and well-reasoned opinions.
"If we end up with that gridlock I would say, 'If you can, Mitch, go nuclear, '" Trump said in early February according to Time Magazine. "He also said that many female lawyers become pregnant, and questioned whether they should do so on their law firms' dime".
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