The top Democrats in the Senate are doing everything in their power to deny the confirmation of President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.
As the Judiciary Committee completed its fourth and final day of Gorsuch's confirmation hearing, the spotlight turned to whether he gains the support of vulnerable Democratic senators facing re-election in 2018.
Gorsuch reacted sharply when Whitehouse asked him what he knew about a multimillion-dollar ad campaign run by a conservative group that backs his nomination. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, also said they would vote against Trump's nominee, among at least 11 senators who say they will oppose Gorsuch in the face of pressure from liberals to resist all things Trump, including his nominees. He's continued to try and force through his hateful, un-American ban on Muslims refugees and immigrants - and after all of that, I can't trust that President Trump is doing what's best for our country or our democracy, and I won't green light his Supreme Court nominee. Since there aren't 60 votes in the Senate for Trump's nominee, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is going to have an interesting decision to make.
"This is a judge so well-qualified and highly-regarded that his nomination to his current post was approved unanimously - the aye votes included Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and yes, Chuck Schumer - so their current grave objections can pretty obviously be chalked up to 'We hate Trump!"
Gorsuch is in the mold of Scalia, and Democrats are justified in opposing him. Democrats expressed frustration about his refusal to answer questions on whether Supreme Court rulings favoring abortion, contraception and gay rights were correctly decided. So I am proud to represent the voices and values of Washington state workers and families and stand with them and against the nomination of Judget Gorsuch. McConnell has said he hopes to confirm Gorsuch on the Senate floor by the end of that week, before the Senate leaves for a two-week recess and in time for the Court's April arguments. Republicans have only 52 seats in the Senate.