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    Democrats hope to corner Gorsuch in confirmation battle

    Senate Democrats hope to force Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch into revealing his opinions on abortion rights and the legality of President Trump’s travel ban during confirmation hearings that begin Monday.
    Supreme Court nominees are usually circumspect when asked to share their views on issues that could one day make their way to the court, a standard that Gorsuch’s defenders say was set by liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during her confirmation hearing in 1993.
    But Democrats argue that Gorsuch’s nomination is different given Trump’s repeated attacks on judges.
    “I think he has an obligation to show unequivocally and emphatically his support for an independent judiciary and his own independence from Donald Trump,” Sen. Dick Blumenthal, D-Conn., told Yahoo News.
    Gorsuch told Blumenthal in a private meeting in February that he felt Trump’s attacks on judges who temporarily blocked his first executive order banning travel from several majority-Muslim nations were “demoralizing.” The judge will likely be repeatedly asked about the president’s statements.


    The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!




    Blumenthal acknowledges that Gorsuch would not be able to comment directly on the litigation surrounding the executive order since it will likely reach the Supreme Court. But he thinks Gorsuch should be able to answer broadly about what constitutes religious discrimination by explaining whether he supports past Supreme Court decisions.
    “There are cases involving religious discrimination that would be very appropriate for him to address, cases decided many years ago,” Blumenthal said.
    Carrie Severino, chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network, a group that is backing Gorsuch, said the judge will need to be wary of getting pinned down on questions that are veiled attempts at eliciting an opinion on Trump’s travel ban.
    “We have seen [Sen.] Chuck Schumer and some of the Democrats … trying to paint Gorsuch as nonresponsive,” she said. “The same people who are attempting to get him to make commitments on these cases — which everyone understands are going to come up before the court — are going to be filing a recusal motion if he did make those statements.”
    “He simply is not ethically able to respond to them,” she added.
    Blumenthal also believes Gorsuch should have to clarify his stand on the Supreme Court decisions Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld a woman’s right to an abortion. Trump vowed to appoint a justice who would overturn Roe, which Blumenthal says makes this question even more crucial than in previous nominations. Gorsuch has never directly ruled on the issue.
    “He has an obligation to come clean with the American people before he assumes a lifetime appointment on the nation’s highest court,” Blumenthal said.
    Nominees in the past have found ways to dodge answering hot-button questions, and Gorsuch is likely to do the same.
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    In other words: Gorsuch will be confirmed very soon. They really don't have anything or any way to stop it.

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    The Dem Senators are putting on a show for their base. All the usual groups that coordinate campaigns to stop a SC nominee are pretty quiet this time. He's going to get confirmed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TapToTalk View Post
    The Dem Senators are putting on a show for their base. All the usual groups that coordinate campaigns to stop a SC nominee are pretty quiet this time. He's going to get confirmed.
    Their base was all watching Comey...

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    Quote Originally Posted by beccaphel View Post
    Their base were all watching Comey...
    Yep. A nominee battle never got so little press in recent times. Schumer must be pissed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TapToTalk View Post
    Yep. A nominee battle never got so little press in recent times. Schumer must be pissed.
    Oh, I don't think he's all that upset about what Comey had to say!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beccaphel View Post
    Oh, I don't think he's all that upset about what Comey had to say!
    No, he just wishes he was in front of the camera saying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TapToTalk View Post
    No, he just wishes he was in front of the camera saying it.
    Eh, I don't think that's such a huge concern. This was a good day for Dems (even moreso when Trump continued to tweet and they factchecked it via Comey in almost real time), and Schumer is likely pleased that the truth came out. Although this is a sad say for America.

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    Breaking: Senator Chuck Schumer says he’ll lead a filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprockey View Post
    Breaking: Senator Chuck Schumer says he’ll lead a filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
    You're linking to a facebook page?
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