Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Gorsuch Deftly Handles Democrats in Second Day of Hearings

 

In his second day of confirmation hearings, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch spent Tuesday answering harsh questions from Senate Democrats. I picked out three highlights that revealed how smoothly he handled the barrage. First up, Sen. Dick Durbin (D–IL):

The committee’s ranking Democrat, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D–CA), brought more aggressive questioning:

Finally, Sen. Franken (D–MN) reveals all of the Democrats’ frustration at their inability to trip up the nominee:

Considering his performance today, it’s easy to see why the Senate confirmed Gorsuch to the 10th Circuit Court by unanimous consent.

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  1. Umbra Fractus Coolidge
    Umbra FractusJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Feinstein doesn’t want a fair judge. She wants “the little guy” to win by default which is not justice.

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    • March 21, 2017, at 4:38 PM PDT
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  2. Matt Bartle Member
    Matt BartleJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The list he rattled off about when he sided with the little guy was great! Boom! Mike drop.

    Unfortunately, ever since Greg Gutfeld said that he looks like Tom Bergeron, that’s all I can think about.

    • #2
    • March 21, 2017, at 4:40 PM PDT
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  3. Lily Bart Inactive

    Did he roll is eyes at Franken? I heard he did.

    • #3
    • March 21, 2017, at 4:51 PM PDT
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  4. Doug Watt Moderator

    Watched the hearings for most of the day. Wondered if Franken was intoxicated, I’d hate to think he was sober. Told my brother Don that I might have given him a field sobriety test after the first recess. The State of Rhode Island should apologize to the rest of the nation for sending Whitehouse to the Senate, or at least sent a nurse with him to make sure he didn’t handle anything sharper than a crayon.

    • #4
    • March 21, 2017, at 5:09 PM PDT
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  5. MarciN Member

    I like Judge Gorsuch. I hope he is confirmed.

    • #5
    • March 21, 2017, at 5:46 PM PDT
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  6. J. D. Fitzpatrick Member
    J. D. FitzpatrickJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Second clip, woman behind Garland at left of camera: looking a bit starry-eyed over that silver-haired legal stallion.

    • #6
    • March 21, 2017, at 6:29 PM PDT
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  7. Hammer, The Member

    That was pretty good.

    Honestly, though… if you plan on getting hired and then immediately taking maternity leave, I think that’s something your employer deserves to know. I’d be interested in having that conversation with soon-to-be Justice Gorsuch.

    • #7
    • March 21, 2017, at 7:29 PM PDT
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  8. Hammer, The Member

    Umbra Fractus (View Comment):
    Feinstein doesn’t want a fair judge. She wants “the little guy” to win by default which is not justice.

    Yeah, it was interesting. She asks to be assured that he’s not going to just side with corporations… what a ridiculous question. It betrays an absolute ignorance of both past and potential legal issues. And you’re right. She’s basically asking for something to use on him (not that it matters) regarding Citizens United. People like Feinstein are not interested in objectivity at all – they’d take activist judges who are willing to put liberal partisan politics over good legal reasoning any day of the week. We all know this, but the show must go on.

    • #8
    • March 21, 2017, at 7:32 PM PDT
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  9. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive

    The more I hear him the more I like him.

    • #9
    • March 21, 2017, at 7:36 PM PDT
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  10. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    If he’d had time, Franken’s follow up question, “This isn’t about politics, it’s just about people, and we’re all people, right? Anyhoo, the current President can be a real jerk sometimes, don’t you think? I’m not asking about the politics, y’know, just, y’know, as a person? And Pence is a homophobe, am I right or am I right?”

    • #10
    • March 21, 2017, at 9:52 PM PDT
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  11. Titus Techera Contributor

    MarciN (View Comment):
    I like Judge Gorsuch. I hope he is confirmed.

    It’s as good as guaranteed.

    • #11
    • March 21, 2017, at 11:01 PM PDT
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  12. Titus Techera Contributor

    So anything interesting happen at the hearings?

    • #12
    • March 21, 2017, at 11:02 PM PDT
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  13. Annefy Member

    Ryan M(cPherson) (View Comment):
    That was pretty good.

    Honestly, though… if you plan on getting hired and then immediately taking maternity leave, I think that’s something your employer deserves to know. I’d be interested in having that conversation with soon-to-be Justice Gorsuch.

    That’s a conversation that needs to be had with a lot more people than just soon-to-be-Justice Gorsuch.

    It’s a complicated issue. Might I suggest we begin by speaking to our children about it? It will not be solved by regulation or law, but by talking to our daughters and sons and soon to be daughters and sons in law about the realities of life.

    We’ve avoided those conversations for so long that they’re now being asked of a Supreme Court Nominee.

    Pathetic.

    • #13
    • March 21, 2017, at 11:15 PM PDT
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  14. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    I love how Franken doesn’t want to cut someone off, but does, y’know, in the interest of time.

    Because he’s Al Franken, and if there’s one thing a dumpy unfunny aging schlub knows, it’s how not to waste time.

    • #14
    • March 22, 2017, at 3:29 AM PDT
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  15. Tutti Member

    Al Franken is funnier now than when he was on SNL….but not by much.

    • #15
    • March 22, 2017, at 4:36 AM PDT
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  16. I Walton Member

    Are there any serious Democrats, or are they all narrow, ignorant political hacks?

    • #16
    • March 22, 2017, at 6:23 AM PDT
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  17. blood thirsty neocon Inactive

    Gorsuch is a keen legal mind who loves the US Constitution and will rule based on its original meaning. I would like to thank President Trump for nominating him. But most of all, I would like to continue to pat myself on the back for believing then-candidate Trump when he promised to nominate such jurists when others doubted and spread hysteria about his potential SCOTUS picks.

    • #17
    • March 22, 2017, at 6:35 AM PDT
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  18. blood thirsty neocon Inactive

    I Walton (View Comment):
    Are there any serious Democrats, or are they all narrow, ignorant political hacks?

    They are all blubbering morons. What about the children…the chiiiiiiiiildren…and long haul truckers?

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    • March 22, 2017, at 6:37 AM PDT
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  19. Lily Bart Inactive

    I Walton (View Comment):

    Are there any serious Democrats, or are they all narrow, ignorant political hacks?

    Sadly, most of our politicians are hacks. Big Government attracts all the wrong sorts of people. Plus, attempting to make a lifelong career of it gets to be a problem as they approach legislation from the view of ‘keeping their job’ or ‘advancing their career’. I’ve seen this syndrome in my own reps many times. You elect someone because you think they have the correct view of government and they turn into a hack right before your eyes. Then the ‘party machine’ gears into action to prevent you from booting that guy and installing a new one.

    If it appears that I have completely lost faith, its because I’ve completely lost faith in this system – its become too corrupt and too powerful. But then, I live in Colorado where the republican party is a heartbreaking mess.

    • #19
    • March 22, 2017, at 6:55 AM PDT
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  20. La Tapada Member

    Lily Bart (View Comment):
    Sadly, most of our politicians are hacks. Big Government attracts all the wrong sorts of people. Plus, attempting to make a lifelong career of it gets to be a problem as they approach legislation from the view of ‘keeping their job’ or ‘advancing their career’. I’ve seen this syndrome in my own reps many times. You elect someone because you think they have the correct view of government and they turn into a hack right before your eyes. Then the ‘party machine’ gears into action to prevent you from booting that guy and installing a new one.

    If it appears that I have completely lost faith, its because I’ve completely lost faith in this system – its become too corrupt and too powerful. But then, I live in Colorado where the republican party is a heartbreaking mess.

    Ben Domenich has an interesting interview on the Federalist Radio Hour with David Schoenbrod, about his book, DC Confidential: Inside the Five Tricks of Washington.

    Schoenbrod explained the real reasons for our broken political system and the sleights of hand that politicians use to avoid accountability. “What really made things go haywire started in the late 1960s, where the representatives were basically able to take credit for the good parts of regulation and avoid blame for the bad parts of regulation,” he said.

    The actual interview starts at minute 15:45.

    • #20
    • March 22, 2017, at 7:34 AM PDT
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  21. Doug Watt Moderator

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Ryan M(cPherson) (View Comment):
    That was pretty good.

    Honestly, though… if you plan on getting hired and then immediately taking maternity leave, I think that’s something your employer deserves to know. I’d be interested in having that conversation with soon-to-be Justice Gorsuch.

    That’s a conversation that needs to be had with a lot more people than just soon-to-be-Justice Gorsuch.

    It’s a complicated issue. Might I suggest we begin by speaking to our children about it? It will not be solved by regulation or law, but by talking to our daughters and sons and soon to be daughters and sons in law about the realities of life.

    We’ve avoided those conversations for so long that they’re now being asked of a Supreme Court Nominee.

    Pathetic.

    Absolutely, When our son and daughter-in-law decided it was time to have children they asked for advice from my wife and I based upon our experiences. They didn’t go to Huffpo, Cosmo, call their Congressman, or seek out a judge.

    • #21
    • March 22, 2017, at 7:47 AM PDT
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  22. Columbo Member

    Judge Gorsuch has shown himself to be a man of character and integrity.

    The Senate democrats have shown themselves to be small, petty, hypocritical, lying partisan hacks. This is completely embarrassing to this Country and the rule of law. If the primary network & print news media had any integrity at all, it would be pointing this out … loudly.

    Imagine … if you will … GOP Senators acting like this during the Sotomayor or Kagan confirmation hearings …

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    • March 22, 2017, at 10:23 AM PDT
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  23. sawatdeeka Member
    sawatdeekaJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Ryan M(cPherson) (View Comment):
    That was pretty good.

    Honestly, though… if you plan on getting hired and then immediately taking maternity leave, I think that’s something your employer deserves to know. I’d be interested in having that conversation with soon-to-be Justice Gorsuch.

    Thank you for saying this.

    • #23
    • March 22, 2017, at 11:37 AM PDT
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  24. Pilli Inactive

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Ryan M(cPherson) (View Comment):
    That was pretty good.

    Honestly, though… if you plan on getting hired and then immediately taking maternity leave, I think that’s something your employer deserves to know. I’d be interested in having that conversation with soon-to-be Justice Gorsuch.

    That’s a conversation that needs to be had with a lot more people than just soon-to-be-Justice Gorsuch.

    It’s a complicated issue.

    It’s not really complicated at all. The government has made it a law that employers HAVE TO provide maternity leave. Period.

    Had this law never been written, the question would never come up. If it did come up, it would be as a question by the applicant to the potential employer to see what benefits were on offer.

    Once again, good intentions/vote buying on the part of Democrats and some Republicans has guaranteed lawyers a lot more work.

    • #24
    • March 22, 2017, at 11:45 AM PDT
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  25. Hammer, The Member

    Pilli (View Comment):

    It’s not really complicated at all. The government has made it a law that employers HAVE TO provide maternity leave. Period.

    Had this law never been written, the question would never come up. If it did come up, it would be as a question by the applicant to the potential employer to see what benefits were on offer.

    Once again, good intentions/vote buying on the part of Democrats and some Republicans has guaranteed lawyers a lot more work.

    It is pretty amazing. You get a job, then you immediately get several months paid leave, guaranteed. Presumably, the employer hired you to do a job, so during that time, the employer is taking a big loss. All of these “protections” for women likely have unintended consequences. If you’re an employer, and you’ve got two candidates, equal in every, but male and female, what are your considerations? The woman may ask for maternity leave, she may ask for child-care, she brings the possibility of sexual harassment complaints and lawsuits, discrimination claims if she doesn’t get raises, etc… etc… why on earth would anyone want to hire the woman? Quite frankly, the biggest reason is threats of additional lawsuits if you don’t hire her. But it cannot be all that long until employers discover ways around this; for instance, “he interviewed really well.”

    When women stop seeking equality and start seeking special privileges, the relative cost of hiring them goes up exponentially.

    • #25
    • March 22, 2017, at 3:18 PM PDT
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