Fellow Clerks Push Gorsuch Confirmation

Former Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Monday that she hopes there are at least eight Democrats who will support Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court, and said people would do well to question the motivations of Democrats who would try to throw up potential blockades. "The obstructionists are vowing to oppose this nominee because of his conservative judicial philosophy".

Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he was "confident" that Gorsuch would get the 60 votes necessary for confirmation.

Severino and her legal team have pored over the 3,000 cases Gorsuch has heard as well as the 200 opinions he has authored during a decade on the bench.

The committee is set to begin confirmation hearings on Monday. They can change Senate rules and bypass the filibuster, which could hurt them politically but put them a clear path to confirmation.

In his 2006 book The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, Judge Gorsuch sharply criticized the Supreme Court for protecting unenumerated rights via the Due Process Clause, claiming that the clause is "stretched beyond recognition" when it is held to be "the repository of other substantive rights not expressly enumerated in the text of the Constitution or its amendments". "We need Senate Democrats to filibuster this nomination and demand a nominee who represents the mainstream values of our country". Indeed, the nominee in the supposed hot seat has been trained for weeks to talk a lot while revealing very little, literally running out the clock allotted for each senator's questions while executing what's been called the (Ruth Bader) Ginsburg "pincer movement": refusing to analyze hypothetical cases because those issues might come before the court and then declining to discuss broader doctrinal issues because judges should only deal in specifics. In the unlikely event that Democrats could block Gorsuch with a filibuster, the Republican leadership would certainly exercise the so-called "nuclear option" and simply unblock the nomination by getting rid of the filibuster rule for Supreme Court nominations. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. "But my interest is more with having someone talk to him and explain to him why he shouldn't be making these comments in class, why he needed to understand what the state of employment law was, and why it was problematic for him to express this view of employment law to a class full of students". "Well, guess what? The Republicans have been in the minority before; they're in the majority today", Manchin explained. Although they may not get the answers they seek, Democrats are sure to launch the inquiry. That changes, so anybody that really respects this institution and understands the institution and the objective of it, this is the cooling part.

"I believe this, even though we come from different sides of the political spectrum", Katyal wrote.

Donald J. Trump has no stronger a mandate to nominate Justice Scalia's successor than did Barack Obama.

"I don't expect Democrats to filibuster this nomination".

John Malcolm, the director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal in an email that he thinks it is "highly likely that Gorsuch will get 60 votes to invoke cloture and bring his nomination to the floor of the Senate for an up-or-down vote".

The most recent justice not confirmed was Merrick Garland.

Gorsuch has never led a decision on same-sex marriage, but in a 2005 National Review op-ed, he wrote that "American liberals have become addicted to the courtroom ... as the primary means of effecting their social agenda on everything from gay marriage" to other issues. It is yet to be seen if the Senate agrees.

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