No sooner was Neil Gorsuch nominated by President Trump to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court that Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Chief Crazy Bitch Elizabeth Warren shouted from the Supreme Court steps that Gorsuch was unqualified to be on the high court. Schumer voted for Gorsuch in 2006 in a unanimous Senate confirmation vote to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
How many times can Democrats claim Republicans hate women, are racist, hate gays, hate Muslims and all the other nonsense they accuse them of before it starts to sound dry?
Neil Gorsuch is as qualified for the seat as it gets. It boggles the mind as to why Democrats are willing to waste their time on a man who is absolutely going to be confirmed, who many of them voted to confirm in the past, and who doesn’t change the balance of the court.
(As reported by: Lifezette)
12 liberal senators can’t run from 2006 votes to confirm SCOTUS pick for the 10th Circuit
Although Senate Democrats were swift to air their “concerns” about President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination Tuesday, many of the same senators supported Judge Neil Gorsuch’s unanimous nomination to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just 11 years ago.
When Trump unveiled Gorsuch as his nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Senate Republicans heralded the announcement. But not so for the Senate Democrats, who are still stewing over Trump’s ascension to the presidency and their relegation to minority status in both houses of Congress.
“Gorsuch put corps [sic] over workers, been hostile toward women’s rights & been an ideolog [sic]. Skeptical that he can be a strong, independent Justice,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted Tuesday. “SCOTUS justice must stand up to a Pres [sic] willing to bend the Constitution. Serious doubts on Judge Gorsuch’s ability to meet this standard.”
Schumer, however, voted to confirm Gorsuch in 2006, along with current Democratic Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), , Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.).
Four Democratic senators at the time who have since left the chamber but are particularly notable for casting their votes to confirm Gorsuch in 2006 include: former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State John Kerry, and even former 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Although these Democrats saw no problem with unanimously confirming Gorsuch to the 10th Circuit, Schumer and others have signaled their determination to block or stall Trump in whatever ways they can conjure up — whether it be delaying Trump’s Cabinet nominees’ confirmation votes or potentially filibustering the Supreme Court nominee.
“Are they going to block this nominee for four, eight, however many years it takes them to get another Democrat in the White House?” Carrie Severino, the chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, asked Wednesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” “I think that would be political suicide and we want to make sure that the constituents of those senators understand that.”
JCN announced Tuesday that it launched a $10 million national campaign to support the confirmation of Gorsuch, including a $2 million ad buy in several key states. The campaign, ConfirmGorsuch.com, also seeks to “focus their resources in states where Senate Democrats are vulnerable in 2018, where President Trump won — in some cases by significantly large margins,” according to the press release.
“I think [Senate Democrats] know that there’s no way the Republicans will allow them to filibuster someone indefinitely for this seat,” Severino added. “We know that [Senate Democrats are] going to have a tough choice to make. They have to decide: Are they going to vote for what the constituents chose — that Donald Trump could choose the next Supreme Court justice — or are they going to lock arms with Chuck Schumer?”
Although Democrats have yet to unveil a unified course of action on Gorsuch, many remain bitter about Republicans’ refusal to even consider Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland.
“In light of the unconstitutional actions of our new president in just his first week, the Senate owes the American people a thorough and unsparing examination of this nomination,” Leahy said in a statement. “I had hoped that President Trump would work in a bipartisan way to pick a mainstream nominee like Merrick Garland and bring the country together. Instead, he outsourced this process to far-right interest groups.”
Leahy didn’t view Gorsuch as particularly controversial in 2006 when he voted to confirm him, however.
“The Gorsuch nomination represents a breathtaking retreat from the notion that Americans have a fundamental right to constitutional liberties, and harkens back to the days when politicians restricted a people’s rights on a whim,” Wyden said in a statement.”No senator who believes that individual rights are reserved to the people, and not the government, can support this nomination.”
Wyden didn’t seem to harbor these concerns in 2006 when he supported Gorsuch.
She, too, voted for Gorsuch in 2006.
Even Durbin admitted to MSNBC that his personal views of Gorsuch have not changed since he voted for him in 2006, though he still advised extreme caution in considering Trump’s nominee.
Other Democrats who previously confirmed Gorsuch, however, have not indicated whether they intend to oppose his confirmation.
“The confirmation of a Supreme Court justice is an awesome responsibility that I gladly accept,” Nelson said in a statement. “I will base my decision on a full examination of Judge Gorsuch’s judicial record and his responses to senators’ questions.”
Menendez said in a statement that the Senate “has the constitutional duty to consider [Trump’s] nominee by thoroughly and fairly examining his qualifications and record.”
“As a member of the United States Senate, I take this constitutional obligation seriously because the decisions made by the United States Supreme Court affect the lives of every single American,” Menendez added. “I plan to carefully and closely review Judge Gorsuch’s entire legal career and judicial record, meet with him personally and determine if his interpretation of our Constitution is representative of long-standing American values.”
Above all, some Democrats have expressed their extreme concern that Trump’s selection of Gorsuch may indicate that the president is a “man of his word.”
“I am deeply concerned that, throughout his campaign, the president promised to use litmus tests when choosing his nominee,” Feinstein said in her statement Tuesday. “Then tonight, President Trump declared, ‘I am a man of my word.’ That’s exactly what I’m afraid of.”