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- In a USA Today op-ed, Senator Chuck Grassely (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, argues that Democrats should be consistent and give Judge Gorsuch a fair hearing.
“Prior to the president’s announcement, the minority leader called on him to nominate a ‘mainstream’ candidate. There can be no serious debate that Judge Gorsuch meets that standard. He’s been praised by legal experts across the political spectrum as a mainstream jurist who applies the law without regard to person, politics or his own preferences. President Obama’s former solicitor general called him ‘one of the most thoughtful and brilliant judges to have served our nation over the last century.’ That’s high praise. In 2006 Judge Gorsuch sailed through the Senate with unanimous approval. Thirty-one sitting senators were in the Senate when Gorsuch was confirmed, including 12 Democrats. . . Unfortunately, some Senate Democrats signaled plans to block any nomination made by the newly-elected president even before he announced his nomination. . . Now, as we prepare to consider Trump’s nominee, the minority leader has made clear he is prepared to leave the seat open indefinitely. Republicans didn’t hold up either of the first term Supreme Court nominees of Presidents Obama and Clinton. There shouldn’t be one set of rules for Republicans and another set of rules for Democrats.”
- Sam Dorman of The Washington Free Beacon reports that Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) says Judge Gorsuch deserves a fair hearing from Senate Democrats.
“Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.) argued Thursday that President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee should get a ‘fair shake’ in the Senate in an apparent break from Senate Democratic leadership, which has suggested filibustering Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination. ‘I think it’s important that we give Neil Gorsuch a fair shake,’ Tester said in a new video. He explained that Gorsuch ‘presents himself very, very well,’ adding that he is not sure whether he will vote for the judge but needs to study the nominee’s past rulings further. . . Prior to Tester’s statement, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) called for an up-or-down vote on Gorsuch, which would bypass Democratic efforts to obstruct his nomination.”
- Leah Barkoukis reports on the letter written by a bipartisan group of former clerks urging senators to vote in favor of Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation.
“Dozens of former law clerks to Judge Neil Gorsuch penned a letter Tuesday to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein making the case for why Gorsuch is extraordinarily qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. ‘Our political views span the spectrum, and among us you will find differing views on how the Senate handled the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland,’ the 39 former clerks wrote. ‘But we are united in our view that Judge Gorsuch is an extraordinary judge. . . All of us strongly support his confirmation as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.’ In the letter, Gorsuch’s qualifications are described as ‘impeccable.’ Beyond his academic and experiential credentials, the judge is also described as having the ability to transcend partisan politics and adhere to the Constitution and rule of law with ‘tremendous care and discipline.’ . . . In conclusion, the clerks note that [Gorsuch is] a ‘remarkable judge and a remarkable man” and urge the Senate to move on his nomination at once.’”
- Joe Perticone of Independent Journal Review writes that according to a poll conducted by American Action Network, 59 percent of Americans want Judge Gorsuch to receive a confirmation vote.
“A majority of Americans want a confirmation vote in the Senate for Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, according to a new poll. A survey commissioned by American Action Network released Thursday morning found that 59 percent of Americans believe Gorsuch deserves a confirmation vote. The poll also found that 41 percent ‘strongly agree’ the federal appellate judge deserves a vote, while just 20 percent ‘strongly disagree.’”
- At FoxNews.com, Dana Blanton writes that a majority of independent voters support the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch.
“The new poll, released Wednesday, finds that by a 49-37 percent margin, voters would confirm Gorsuch. Fourteen percent are undecided. Not surprisingly, 82 percent of Republicans would vote to confirm him compared to just 17 percent of Democrats. For independents, a majority supports Trump’s nominee (54 percent). . . The support for Gorsuch’s confirmation (49 percent) is higher than the 39 percent received by President Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan in May 2010.”