March 22, 2017

Krauthammer: Why Attacking Gorsuch Is a 'Losing Proposition' for Democrats

20 March 2017, 09:14 | Marion Schneider

Senate confirmation hearings begin Monday for Neil Gorsuch.

But Gorsuch - a federal appeals court judge who has flown under the radar since his nomination in January - will take center stage Tuesday when he makes his first appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Gorsuch was recommended for the nomination by the conservative Federalist Society and others during last year's presidential campaign after Senate Republicans blocked former President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland.

As President Donald Trump continues his criticism of the judiciary, Sen.

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee told a group of students a year ago that companies need to protect themselves from women looking to take advantage of maternity benefits. He's spent a decade as a judge on the Denver-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and been part of major cases with national impact including one known as the Hobby Lobby case, which had to do with religious liberty and whether companies have to pay for contraception under their employees' health plans.

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"And I believe that sentiment is widely shared among my Democratic colleagues", he said.

Judge Gorsuch understands that the protections set forth in our Constitution, including the separation of powers, federalism and the Bill of Rights, provide Americans with an indispensable safeguard against government overreach. Before that, he was a high-ranking official in the Justice Department under President George W. Bush. Cruz asked if, for example, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, who were appointed to the high court by former Democratic President Bill Clinton, were expected to address sexual harassment allegations against Clinton at their confirmation hearings.

Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the panel's top Democrat, in a statement Friday called Gorsuch an "activist, extremist judge" who has often advocated departing from judicial precedents.

Neil Gorsuch will very likely be confirmed as the next Supreme Court Justice, but only after a twilight battle with many dimensions. "That's the type of judge we need". They joined advocacy organizations for an event in front of the Supreme Court last week. Sisk was told that administrators would speak to Gorsuch about the matter at the end of the term but she is uncertain if they followed through. "We must be clear: This fight is not about defensive electoral politics, it's about our rights as Americans and our democracy as a whole". He had voted for both the women to be put on the Supreme Court despite being appointed by Democrat President Obama because he felt they "had lived exemplary lives" and were "well within in the mainstream of judicial thinking on the left".

"I think he's going to be an outstanding member of the Supreme Court", Mr. Trump said about Gorsuch. This is a vote for a justice who will sit on the highest court in our nation for the next generation and decide cases that will touch every human being in this country. It is unclear if the GOP would be able to stand united enough to make the nuclear option happen.

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