Senate Dems Ramp Up Opposition to Trump Nominees

“The president is very excited to make this announcement of the next associate justice of the Supreme Court later this evening”.But there is a concern among Democrats on Capitol Hill that Gorsuch, given his credentials and reputation, is the wrong candidate to oppose and that they should keep their powder dry in case Trump gets another Supreme Court pick.Such an examination could reveal that Gorsuch, like he showed during a gracious speech thanking the president for his nomination, is not the man Democrats want to fight-to quote a frequent phrase of Schumer’s-“tooth and nail”.Trump announced his choice late Tuesday, introducing Gorsuch as a judge the “country needs badly” and comparing him to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose seat Gorsuch will be filling.Republicans declined to move Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, through the Senate, based on the principle – articulated by then-Sen.Wisconsin’s U.S. senators offered divided reaction Tuesday night to President Trump’s selection of appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.Democrats could exploit that fact to delay Gorsuch’s appointment indefinitely, the same way the G.O.P. stonewalled Obama nominee Merrick Garland, though some caucus members are reportedly anxious Republicans could retaliate by holding a simple majority vote to get rid of the filibuster for judicial appointments entirely.Trump had previously described his deliberations as a “very big decision” and said the pick was someone “unbelievably highly respected”. He then praised Gorsuch’s canon of legal writing, calling it “among the finest and most brilliant” of all living judges.Pryor has called the landmark Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights, Roe v. Wade, “the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history”.The confirmation could be contentious following the Republican refusal to hold confirmation hearings for former President Barack Obama’s choice to fill the seat, which has been vacant for just under a year.Ars will have a more in-depth report on Gorsuch’s record tomorrow.The nomination is coming 50 weeks after Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, leaving the court for nearly a year with only eight members.In contrast to Judge Gorsuch, Judge Hardiman is not an Ivy Leaguer, but as one of his friends put it, he went to the “Catholic Ivy Leagues” – Notre Dame University for his undergraduate degree and Georgetown for his law degree, where he helped put himself through school driving a cab. Gorsuch also plans to meet with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa).Republicans are hoping to confirm Gorsuch by early April before a two-week Easter recess, which would clear the way for him to participate in the final cases of the court’s term ending in June.”The Democrats will not succeed in filibustering this nominee”, he told VOA’s Kurdish service.It is a Senate rule that strips the minority party of the power to use a filibuster to block confirmation of a presidential nominee; instead of 60 votes, supporters need only 51 to confirm the nominee. His mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, was a highly controversial, take-no-prisoners head of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Reagan Administration, and known for being quite the bomb thrower.He’d best not seek input from former Colorado senator Ken Salazar, a Democrat who represented Gorsuch’s native Denver.Carrie Severino, chief counsel at JCN, said her organization “will ultimately force vulnerable senators to choose between obstructing and keeping their Senate seats”.