Mike Huckabee, March 21, 2017
Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court continues today, but after his opening statement on Monday, Democrats who plan to paint him as a wild-eyed, right-wing extremist really have their work cut out for them (and not just because many of them were among the group that voted unanimously to confirm him for his last judicial appointment.) In his opening statement, Gorsuch came across as such a wise, reasonable, nonpartisan and intelligent fellow (and an all-around great guy: click the link for video of him interrupting his speech to hug his wife of over 20 years and tell her how much he loves her) that he seemed as rare a species in Washington as the giant pandas at the National Zoo.
Democrats will also be stymied by Gorsuch’s speech, in which he outlined his constitutional duties as judging cases based on the law and the Constitution, not acting as some kind of “super-legislator” who rewrites laws from the bench and makes rulings based on his personal opinions (this upsets Democrats because unelected activist judges are the last government power base they have left.) Gorsuch noted that in courts out West where he comes from, the judges listen to each other’s opinions, and that he has ruled with the majority 99% of the time. That will also make it hard for Democrats to paint him as “out-of-the-mainstream,” not that they won’t try. Several already did, but their fruitless attempts to get him to promise that he’ll rule on their pet issues the way they want won’t undermine his credibility the way they hoped. It’ll just make them look mentally incapable of comprehending the very simple definition of what a judge does that Gorsuch just patiently laid out for them.
Delay On Gorsuch, Mike Huckabee, March 22, 2017
Democrats are very unlikely to stop Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, but there is no limit to what they’ll try to slow it down.
Here’s the “delay, delay, delay” strategy put forward by Chuck Shumer, Richard Blumenthal and others:
1) Paint the investigation of alleged collaboration between Russia and the Trump campaign (for which there is no evidence at all) as a “big gray cloud” hanging over the presidency.
2) Use that accusation (for which there is no evidence at all) to hold up Gorsuch’s confirmation.
3) Characterize attempts to move forward at all on filling the vacant seat as “rushing” and “unseemly.”
4) Lather, rinse, repeat.
That’s it. If you naively accept this strategy as non-political, consider that other organizations have joined in the effort to delay, including NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Choice,” in this context, refers only to the option of terminating life, not to the new President’s ability to choose the next Supreme Court nominee. On that, they are definitely anti-choice. The irony here is that in the eyes of Judge Gorsuch, those two issues should have nothing to do with each other.