What to Look for in the Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings

Posted March 20, 2017

Gorsuch, whose confirmation hearings begin Monday, was obtaining a Ph.D.at the time of his dissertation, which suggested that he did not believe the Constitution protected the right to same-sex marriage, according to Corey Brettschneider, a political science professor at Brown University who wrote about Gorsuch for Time.

"A fellow Coloradan, Judge Gorsuch is an exceptional jurist who will bring a Western perspective to the Supreme Court". Before he died in February 2016, Scalia had amassed the worst voting record on LGBT issues of any justice on the high court.

On the first point, if the Dems spend their time asking Gorsuch softball questions about his judicial philosophy and position on constitutional law, it will be a clear sign that they are not going to oppose his nomination.

Among questions he will face will be whether he is sufficiently independent from Trump, who has criticized judges for ruling against his bid to restrict travel from Muslim-majority countries.

Senate President Mitch McConnell said the Senate would likely vote on Gorsuch's nomination the week before its April 8 recess.

But the record reveals Judge Gorsuch is far from that, finding him to be far to the right on almost every issue.

One case involved truck driver Alphonse Maddin, who was sacked after he disobeyed a supervisor and abandoned his trailer at the side of a road after the brakes froze. Gorsuch literally put corporations in the bedroom, joining an opinion saying your boss ought to be able to decide if you can have access to birth control through your insurance.

Another issue, set to be pressed by California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, is Gorsuch's role as a Justice Department lawyer under Bush from 2005 to 2006, when he helped defend controversial policies enacted after the September 11, 2001 attacks, including the administration's expansive use of aggressive interrogation techniques.

"Gorsuch's criticism of choice in the context of assisted suicide includes a broader attack on the idea of a constitutional right to autonomy in intimate personal matters", Brettscheider wrote.

"The judge is not a partisan person", said Turbiville.

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"I'm going to be asking about his core beliefs on women's healthcare, whether he'd overturn Roe v. Wade", Blumenthal said.

Yet, evidence that the trend is continuing is witnessed by the public battle over Gorsuch's nomination, Whitehouse said.

Conservative legal activists who support the nomination say that Democrats are cherry-picking a small number of rulings that distort Gorsuch's 11-year record as a judge. Doing that without too much drama would be Trump's biggest win so far as president.

Should Judge Gorsuch be confirmed as the next Associate Justice on the Supreme Court? No.

Bitter feelings linger. "This is a stolen seat being filled by an illegitimate and extreme nominee", said Sen.

Also questioning Gorsuch's views of money and politics issues were a Democratic House lawmaker, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), and representatives of groups supporting strong campaign finance regulation.

Since Scalia's death the court has been divided equally 4-4 between conservatives and liberals.

But even if the Democrats do come out swinging, all of their efforts could be for naught if Gorsuch doesn't answer their questions.

Judge Gorsuch's critics argue he applies that reasoning selectively, to advance an agenda more conservative than that of his hero, the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

"'State laws against bigamy, gay marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity" are all at risk if we take seriously what Justice Scalia derided as Casey's "famed sweet-mystery-of-life passage, '" Gorsuch wrote in his dissertation, quoting Scalia.