The Democrats will do as much as they can to undermine Gorsuch. But they are saving the big fight for Trump’s next choice, which will tip the balance on the Court.
Senate Democrats, preparing to grill Judge Neil Gorsuch with questions at his Supreme Court nomination hearings, tipped their hand Monday, the Washington Examiner reported.
In opening remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrats foreshadowed the attacks they will lodge against the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals judge this week. They are preparing to portray him as an enemy of the “little guy” while asking questions about his originalist philosophy, independence from President Trump and the real-world outcomes resulting from his previous decisions.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., spotlighted a series of positives in Gorsuch’s record before noting that none of it was enough for the senator to earn his support.
“All of those things I’ve read were sufficient reason to confirm a nominee to the Supreme Court, but of course Judge Merrick Garland, who had exactly the same qualifications but was refused by the Republicans, would be sitting on the court today,” Leahy said. “That’s why philosophy becomes important.”
The committee’s top Democrat went a step further and suggested that Gorsuch’s judicial philosophy of originalism is dangerous.