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Three Takeaways from Day One of the Gorsuch Hearings

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1)    Neil Gorsuch was stupendous

Once again, Judge Neil Gorsuch showed why he is such a stellar choice for the Supreme Court.  He was graceful, poised and patient with all members and had prepared a thoughtful opening statement that captivated the audience.

Here are some excerpts:

My Mom was one of the first women graduates of the University of Colorado law school. As the first female assistant district attorney in Denver, she helped start a program to pursue deadbeat dads. And her idea of day care sometimes meant I got to spend the day wandering the halls or tagging behind police officers. She taught me that headlines are fleeting – courage lasts.

My Dad taught me that success in life has little to do with success. Kindness, he showed me, is the great virtue. He showed me too that there are few places closer to God than walking in the wilderness or wading a trout stream. Even if it is an awfully long drive home with the family dog after he encounters a skunk. …

When I put on the robe, I am also reminded that under our Constitution, it is for this body, the people’s representatives, to make new laws. For the executive to ensure those laws are faithfully enforced. And for neutral and independent judges to apply the law in the people’s disputes. If judges were just secret legislators, declaring not what the law is but what they would like it to be, the very idea of a government by the people and for the people would be at risk. And those who came to court would live in fear, never sure exactly what governs them except the judge’s will. As Alexander Hamilton explained, “Liberty can have nothing to fear from” judges who apply the law, but liberty “ha[s] every thing to fear” if judges try to legislate, too. …

As a student many years ago, I found myself walking through the Old Granary burial ground in Boston where Paul Revere, John Hancock, and many of our founders are buried. I came across the tombstone of a lawyer and judge who today is largely forgotten — as we are all destined to be soon enough. His name was Increase Sumner. Written on his tombstone over 200 years ago was this description —

As a lawyer, he was faithful and able;

as a judge, patient, impartial, and decisive;

in private life, he was affectionate and mild;

in public life, he was dignified and firm.

Party feuds were allayed by the correctness of his conduct;

calumny was silenced by the weight of his virtues,

and rancor softened by the amenity of his manners.

These words stick with me. I keep them on my desk. They serve for me as a daily reminder of the law’s integrity, that a useful life can be led in its service, of the hard work it takes, and an encouragement to good habits when I fail and falter. At the end of it all, I could hope for nothing more than to be described as he was. If confirmed, I pledge that I will do everything in my power to be that man.

2)    Democrats want to debate Donald Trump’s record, not Gorsuch’s

It started with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) setting the stage, “We are here today under very unusual circumstances.”  Because “President Trump repeatedly promised to appoint someone in the mold of Justice Scalia.”  The horror!

Someone should have told her speech writer that that was one of the main reasons why President Trump won the election!  But I digress.

It continued with almost every other Democratic senator.  Here is Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota):

You come before us this afternoon not only as a nominee sitting at a table with your friends and family behind you but in the context of the era in which we live. From the highest level of government, we have heard criticism of journalists. Seventeen intelligent agencies have confirmed that Russia attempted to influence our most recent election.  At the same time, voting rights …

She continued to complain about President Trump for a while, until she finally admitted, “You are not the cause of these challenges, Judge.”  Then why are you talking about that?  Have a hearing on President Trump, if you like.  But this will be a recurring theme.

A theme that will ultimately fail, but they’ll push it nonetheless.

3)    Sen. Whitehouse should be ashamed of himself 

Sure, no one but legal geeks like me pays close attention to Senate Judiciary Committee Members’ statements, but Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s (D- Rhode Island) opening statement should be highlighted and decried (by senators from both parties) as the worst form of partisan chicanery.

He essentially accused conservative justices (and conservative judges in general) of being bought by corporations.  You can watch his shameful statement here:

“There is no coincidence here,” he said, “Business has groups trolling for cases to get them before the friendly court. … It’s kind of a machine.  They set up and fund front groups, the front groups appear before the court, they tell the court what the special interest wants and the court follows the brief and the decision favors the special interest and they pour more money to the front groups.”

In other words, conservative justices are beholden to big businesses because they give money for them to get them elected and selected.  He even insinuated that was the case with Judge Gorsuch.  Those same groups, he told Gorsuch looking straight at him, “are spending millions of dollars in a dark money campaign to push your confirmation.”

Gorsuch is a humble, respectful man.  And frankly, almost all senators-Republican and Democrats- were at least dignified in their statements, even as they expressed some apprehension to Gorsuch’s nomination.  But not Sen. Whitehouse.

He dishonored the Senate and insulted an honorable man to score cheap political points.  He should be ashamed of what he did, and he should apologize to his Senate colleagues, the nominee, and the American people.

He, above all, should apologize to Chief Justice Roberts for whom he reserved most contempt.

Sen. Whitehouse’s conspiracy theories are typical of the most fringe groups of the radical left.  But for him to bring them into a confirmation hearing as important as this, is simply reprehensible.

CWA of MT State Director Kari Zeier: Will Gorsuch expose Senator Tester?

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We’ve all seen how furious the radical left is about losing the election. I can understand their frustrations. What I can’t understand is their mind-numbing push to denigrate anyone and anything even remotely associated with President Donald Trump, ignoring the particular merits of every situation.

President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, is the perfect example. By all accounts, this is a judge of impeccable character with the highest of qualifications. And he is being opposed by some in the Democratic leadership because of Trump.

Click here to read the entire op-ed as featured in the Missoulian.

CWA of FL State Director Terri Johannessen: Neil Gorsuch fight will expose Sen. Nelson’s priorities

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“I was an acting solicitor general for President Barack Obama; Judge Gorsuch has strong conservative bona fides and was appointed to the 10th Circuit by President George W. Bush. But I have seen him up close and in action, both in court and on the Federal Appellate Rules Committee (where both of us serve); he brings a sense of fairness and decency to the job, and a temperament that suits the nation’s highest court.”

That is the simple truth. But now Democratic senators that are up for re-election, including Nelson, are being pressured by the radical left to forget about the facts and oppose Gorsuch out of spite for the election. I hope they do not give in to the political assault of this honorable nominee.

Floridians don’t care much about Washington politics and “payback.” We care about what is happening in our communities and our hurting families.

This is a good judge by every account who will follow the law and respect our senators’ role in enacting laws. He should be confirmed swiftly so our senators can get back to the task of fixing the rising cost of our health care, getting our economy back on track, and protecting our state and nation from terrorism.

Click here to read this entire op-ed as featured in The Sun Sentinel.

CWA of MO State Director Bev Ehlen: Claire McCaskill should vote for the well-qualified Neil Gorsuch

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President Donald Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, is the perfect example of a simple, nonpartisan issue that has become a battle simply because of politics. Playing politics on issues such as this is what disgusts Americans when it comes to Washington.

By all accounts, Gorsuch is a man of impeccable character and the highest of qualifications. Yet, he is being opposed strongly by the radical left because of, well, Trump. Ridiculous.

Click here to read the entire op-ed as featured in The Kansas City Star.

CWA of ND State Director Linda Thorson: Urge senators to support Gorsuch

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Judge Neil Gorsuch is the Supreme Court Justice America needs, though, perhaps not the one it deserves. In a deeply divided nation, Gorsuch brings stability and astuteness.

No one on either side of the aisle opposed Gorsuch when he was up for confirmation for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. No one has reason to oppose him now. I hope both our senators give him their full support.

Sen. John Hoeven seems to be doing just that. He said, “Gorsuch has a strong record of upholding the law … he has the experience necessary to serve on our nation’s highest court.” No one could argue with that.

Click here to read the entire letter as featured on Inforum.

Supremely Inappropriate: Anti-Trump, for Gorsuch Ginsburg

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It gets tiring writing about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s inappropriate politicking. Reading about it, one wishes she would have finally taken the DNC Chair position and been done with it.  But alas, we are still stuck with her at the Supreme Court.

Still, she’s not happy about President Trump, and she wants the world to know.  In an interview with the BBC, Ginsburg said, “We’re not experiencing the best of times.” You see, her worst nightmare has come true.  Remember, she told the New York Times, “I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president.” Well, she doesn’t have to imagine anymore, and she is reeling.

But she is hopeful, she told the BBC: “A great man once said that the true symbol of the United States is not the bald eagle; it is the pendulum, and when the pendulum swings too far in one direction, it will go back.”  One day, President Trump will be out of office, and another Democrat will be in the White House, and she will be happy again.

This is one of our nine U.S. Supreme Court Justices speaking this way to an international audience.  Unbelievable.

She goes on to say how hopeful she felt with the Women’s March.  And, of course, the free press.  Anything that can stand in the way of Trump.  We are left assured that she will, of course, fully stand against him at the Supreme Court, so we are covered.

Ginsburg also offered public praise for Judge Neil Gorsuch, even though he is President Donald Trump’s choice. “I’ve worked with him, and I think he’s very easy to get along with,” the Associated Press quotes her saying at an appearance at George Washington University, “He writes very well.”

For someone so set against President Trump to praise Judge Gorsuch is something worth noting.  Her comments would otherwise be innocuous, but given the context, no such deference can be given.

Any hope Ginsburg would show proper respect for her role as a Supreme Court Justice is long gone.  So, this is simply her latest attempt at meddling with the political processes, as she did in the case of Merrick Garland.  And it is, regrettably, yet another example for all other judges of how not to behave.