Here Are 4 Possible Outcomes for Gorsuch's Confirmation Process

Here Are 4 Possible Outcomes for Gorsuch's Confirmation Process

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said Gorsuch, now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, will have to convince Democrats that he won't follow the Supreme Court's deregulatory path of rulings like its pivotal 2010 decision in Citizens United v.

"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", Fran├žois said in an email to The Daily Signal.

Conservative legal activists who support the nomination say that Democrats are cherry-picking a small number of rulings that distort Gorsuch's 11-year record as a judge.

The Democrats already have telegraphed another aspect of their strategy: If the nomineedodges, or refuses to answer their questions, that will be more fodder for their opposition.

Besides, Gorsuch's credentials, his relationship with Kennedy may have played a role in Trump's calculation to pick him as his first Supreme Court nominee. "The result has been a system that empowers the wealthy and well-connected, while drowning out the voices of everyday Americans".

We deserve, and need, a consensus justice on our high court whose loyalty is to all of the American people and our American values, not one president nor one party. These Democrats would rather save the filibuster for if there is a second Supreme Court vacancy during the Trump administration, threatening to fill a seat now occupied by a liberal justice.

Trump criticized what he called a corrupt political system while on the campaign trail but has proposed few systemic changes to address the issue.

"I'll tell you this, Judge Gorsuch will be confirmed", he said.

The blast of heavy-duty firepower isn't the first time Gorsuch - a fourth-generation Coloradan whose mother served in the state legislature - has benefited from top-flight help in the state.

"I will not support any candidate who intends to turn back the clock on civil rights, including women's reproductive rights and LGBT equality", said Sen. And the legal battleground of those clashes is equal protection versus free exercise. Frequently cited is his concurring opinion in a 10th Circuit case decided in 2014, known as Riddle v. Hickenlooper.

Senate Democrats should use the hearings as an opportunity to highlight why antitrust matters and what Judge Gorsuch would do to magnify the law.

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.

The groups take issue with Gorsuch's writings, including a book he penned on assisted suicide, which they argue reveal an "open hostility" to the idea of constitutionally protected fundamental rights beyond what is explicitly mentioned in the Bill of Rights. "Unfortunately, this is that sort of case", Gorsuch wrote. Rosen, of the National Constitution Center, who clerked on an appellate court with Gorsuch, said that while Scalia could be "acerbic", Gorsuch was "an incredibly nice guy, warm and friendly". The ultimate caretakers of our founding document work across the street, at the United States Supreme Court. This might be a good time for a strict constitutionalist - Gorsuch is supposedly one - to deliver a respectful observation about how, if we ignore our federal courts and the rule of law, we introduce anarchy to our constitutional republic.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., criticizes the Republican health care plan created to replace Obamacare, March 7, 2017, during a news conference on Capitol Hill. The trend toward politicizing the court is eroding its credibility for objectively upholding the law, the senator charged. He said millions of dollars in "dark money" from undisclosed sources is being spent on advertising efforts by groups backing the Supreme Court nominee.

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