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While most of Republicans love President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court Justice, there are those who will fight him.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Neil Gorsuch, left, after nominating him to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 31, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

On Monday senate hearings will begin. Gorsuch will be grilled; on that you can bet. He will even be questioned with tough conditions by Republicans.

There are likely to be dozens of rounds of angry words traded between Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee over the same politically charged issues that characterized the 2016 presidential campaign. The country’s partisan divide for the past 30 years will not go without mention. That means abortion, gay rights, the constitutionality of government regulations, gun control, the role of money in politics and corporate concentration in the economy are all going to be rehashed with Gorsuch’s views as them as the focal point.

Several of the same senators who helped unanimously confirm Gorsuch to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in July 2006 are now railing against his nomination by President Trump to the highest court in the land.

What a difference a decade makes.

The Democrats are probably wondering how they could have made such a mistake.

Seriously, it wasn’t an error on their part. Gorsuch is a perfect choice.

Everyone knows it but few on the left will admit it except for nine Senate Democrats who have stated that Judge Neil Gorsuch deserves an up or down vote in the Senate. They have implied that they would not vote to support a filibuster to block his nomination.

Then there are some progressives who have actually urged Democrats not to ask any questions at the hearings, as a dramatic rebuff for Republicans refusing to give former President Barack Obama’s high court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, a hearing or vote.

Will they stand by this? They are Democrats, remember that.

On the other side, a $10 million ad campaign spearheaded by the Judicial Crisis Network has targeted vulnerable Senate Democrats facing re-election in two years.

One ad says, “Jon Tester is creating gridlock, threatening to obstruct Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.”

It focuses on the Montana senator seeking a third term. “Tell Jon Tester: stop the obstruction and confirm Gorsuch.”

The games begin on Monday. I don’t fully believe that Gorsuch will get 60 votes. The Democrats will probably want to filibuster.

Then the vote is up to Mitch McConnell. The 51 ‘nuclear option’, even though it is denied by the Democrats that it can be used on a Supreme Court Justice, is standing up by Republicans. The Republicans are saying 51 votes and Vice President Mike Pence will make that 52 and will confirm Gorsuch.

Next week should be interesting for Gorsuch and the American people.




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