Opening shot: Gorsuch statement to committee to set tone for confirmation hearing

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With no credible rationale to oppose the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, but with Democrats' grass roots still furious over Republican refusal to confirm Judge Merrick Garland previous year, Schumer has resorted to vapid populism. Democrats have dug up so little on the supremely qualified Supreme Court nominee that they'll be huffing and puffing and pretending to body slam the judge around the hearing room.

"I pledge that if I am confirmed I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant to the constitution and laws of this great country", Gorsuch said in his confirmation speech. The seat Gorsuch was nominated to fill was a prominent issue in the 2016 presidential race as voters considered who should pick a justice to fill the ninth seat on an ideologically split bench.

"They don't have any good arguments against Gorsuch, but they're furious that we're going to have a conservative nominated and confirmed".

"Judge Gorsuch may act like a neutral, calm judge, but his record and his career clearly show that he harbors a right-wing, pro-corporate special interest agenda", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said at a recent news conference featuring sympathetic plaintiffs Gorsuch had ruled against.

One case involved truck driver Alphonse Maddin, who was sacked after he disobeyed a supervisor and abandoned his trailer at the side of a road after the brakes froze. That is exactly what Judge Gorsuch has done in several thousand cases he has heard on the 10th Circuit. "As the federal government's ability to address workplace safety, workers' rights, environmental problems, investment abuse, consumer safety, and any number of other issues sharply diminishes, the power of Big Business and Wall Street to impose their will on every American would be greatly enhanced".

Gorsuch' views on social issues, including a 2006 book he wrote in which he argued against the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia, will be discussed too. Rosen, of the National Constitution Center, who clerked on an appellate court with Gorsuch, said that while Scalia could be "acerbic", Gorsuch was "an incredibly nice guy, warm and friendly".

"It is incomprehensible that Judge Gorsuch has gone out of his way to impose extra legal barriers for students with disabilities rather than helping them to overcome obstacles", said Lily Eskelsen García, president of the NEA. Cool-headed and amiable, he will likely try to engage senators without being pinned down on specifics.

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Much is at stake for Trump and his Republican Party.

While supporters of the 49-year-old Colorado appeals court judge say he is calm and reasonable, his confirmation hearings may be anything but. "He is not a big fan of administrative agencies, which in the coming years will be doing what President Trump is asking them to do".

With the United States divided sharply between liberals and conservatives, ideological dominance of the Supreme Court, where justices serve for life, is a blue-ribbon prize, with an impact that can last for decades.

Democratic senators readily acknowledge the pressure they are feeling from liberal grassroots activists and groups like Lambda Legal. But some are eager to repay Republicans for their refusal to even meet with former President Obama's nomination, Merrick Garland.

A group spokesman Thursday did not answer when asked whether it still planned to advertise on the Gorsuch effort.

The unanswered question is whether or not he believes those decisions should be overturned by the Supreme Court in future cases. Then-judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg answered questions about some 30 already-decided Supreme Court cases when she was before the Judiciary Committee in 1993, but she had a long paper trail as a scholar, litigator and judge.

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