By Dave Andrusko
Based on watching parts of the hearing and reading a number of stories, here’s just a quick post about Day One of the confirmation hearings of federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch to be Antonin Scalia’s successor on the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to the opening statements, there was (how could there not be?)a “bombshell.” It was intended to impugn Gorsuch’s integrity but nobody except the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee put any credence in the out-of-the blue letter sent at the eleventh hour to the committee by a former student. It just so happens that she also just happened to have worked for pro-abortion Colorado Sen. Mark Udall before he was defeated for re-election in 2014.
No doubt there will be other smears. That’s how Democrats operate when Republican Presidents nominate Supreme Court justices.
You can watch Judge Gorsuch’s 13-minute long opening remarks at c-span.org. You can also watch the opening remarks from Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), former Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and other committee members.
Questioning begins tomorrow at 9:30.
Two quick thoughts, which were obvious before today.
First, Democrats are still angry about Judge Merrick Garland. Be that as it may, as many, many outlets, including pro-abortion liberal publications, acknowledge, the Republicans were under no obligation to hold confirmation hearings on him last year. See here and here.
Second, the Democrats’ “base” is beyond wanting blood. So it will be interesting to see how Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats attempt to meet the irrational demands of their out-to-sea supporters.
But if it is true that Democrats haven’t given up trying to block Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation , it is no less true that something else hasn’t changed: he is a superbly equipped nominee to whom the ABA gave its highest rating–“well-qualified” to serve on the High Court.