It's mostly political theater.

Now more than ever, we need independent Justices who will faithfully interpret the Constitution and respect this nation's laws as written.

He said that Supreme Court appointment could swing the highest court in the land "for a generation". That does not mean we should expect to agree with every decision he may write, nor be happy with every outcome. Rather than linger on theories from law professors, she is focused on what people experience: prescription drugs that cost too much; expensive cable TV service that lacks innovation; banking and financial services that make it hard to get a loan; even beer, which improved dramatically when small craft breweries took off and offered better beverages. Democrats have dug up so little on the supremely qualified Supreme Court nominee that they'll be huffing and puffing and pretending to body slam the judge around the hearing room.

Gorsuch himself clerked for Justice Byron White seven years after White wrote the 1986 decision in Bowers v. Hardwick that held that any right to privacy in the federal constitution did not extend to private sexual relations between same-sex partners.

The critics of Judge Gorsuch's nomination have, unfortunately, embraced a mistaken view of judging focused on the results and which party happened to prevail.

Gorsuch was on a three-judge panel that found the government had only to prove that Games-Perez knew he had a gun, not that he knew he was prohibited from having one. "I won't prejudge it, I'll keep an open mind till I hear his [Gorsuch's] answers".

Senators questioning Judge Gorsuch during the confirmation hearing should go back to basics and list complaints they hear from constituents about: prescription drugs, cable TV, banks, and airlines. 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.

His nomination is withdrawn by Trump. In my short time in Washington, the Senate's rich history has given me a deep appreciation of its role in preserving American democracy. It's the way it works. He noted the possible Democratic filibuster of the nomination has led to speculation that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would seek the "nuclear option"-eliminating the filibuster and allowing Gorsuch to be confirmed with less that 60 votes in the Senate".

"Judge Gorsuch may act like a studied, neutral judge, but his record suggests he actually has a right-wing, pro-corporate, special interest agenda", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat. It is painful to consider how blatantly unfairly President Obama was treated.

Nevertheless, Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland, a seemingly uncontroversial pick created to pressure Senate Republicans to cave.

As one observer put it: "When the Senate ceases to engage nominees in meaningful discussion of legal issues, the confirmation process takes on an air of vacuity and farce, and the Senate becomes incapable of either properly evaluating nominees or appropriately educating the public". Alfred Smith, a Native American who worked as a counselor at an OR drug clinic, had been denied unemployment benefits after he was sacked for taking peyote, a hallucinogen, as part of a religious ceremony. I hope that Democrats in the Senate figure out a way to retaliate for this cynical, deceptive power play on the part of Republicans. "That's what I want to see from Gorsuch". The executive director of the Sierra Club writes about this nomination: "Gorsuch has proven himself hostile to environmental protection, women's rights, and the rights of workers and can not be trusted to protect our air, our water, our communities". "'Gorsuch's nomination represents an imminent threat to America's most cherished rights and most vulnerable citizens, and millions of Americans across the country are demanding that Democratic leadership use everything in their power to block it, ' the alliance said".

Third, Gorsuch has consistently ruled against workers and in favor of big corporations.


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