WA Senators Respond on Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch. Wikipedia Commons.

Senate hearings on Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch begin tomorrow. Sure as night follows day, the Left has launched a relentless smear campaign of falsehoods and sheer stupidity in an attempt to derail his nomination. Why? Because Neil Gorsuch is their worst nightmare: A judge who recognizes that his job is to interpret, not make law, and that judges should not overstep the clear bounds of the Constitution.

Oh, the horror!

Making matters worse for the Left, Judge Gorsuch has had the unmitigated gall to rule favorably in a number of religious freedom and pro-life cases. (Are you sick to death of hearing how the “rights” of one Lefty demographic trump everyone else’s?)

Shocker: Washington’s U.S. Senators are marching lock-step with their out-of-touch, out-to-lunch, invent-new-law-from-the-bench, ideological waste land soul mates.  Even though Democrats voted unanimously to confirm Gorsuch to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006, they’re now back-pedaling furiously on his Supreme Court nomination. In fact, they’re scared to death that a judge who’s not a “the Constitution is whatever we say it is” Lefty may become an associate to the high court. Oh, the horror again!

Barf Alert

Well. If you thought Washington’s two illustrious U.S. Senators were lost-and-spaced before, check out their responses to my messages urging them to support the Gorsuch nomination. (Are they trying to set a world record for Galactic Stupidity/Pompous Blowhards?)

From Maria Cantwell:

March 14, 2017

Thank you for contacting me about the President’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter.

On January 31, 2017, President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch is currently appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

As you know, the President has a Constitutional duty to nominate individuals to serve on the United States Supreme Court, and the Senate has a Constitutional duty to provide advice and consent on the suitability of those individuals to serve in the position for which they have been nominated.

I have concerns about Judge Gorsuch’s views on a number of important issues. The right to privacy, women’s choice, immigration reform, and LGBTQ rights are all important issues on the line with this nomination. We need a Justice, who will help move our country forward, and who recognizes settled law. I will be weighing these considerations along with the comments of my constituents as I consider this nomination.

I take my responsibility as a Senator to provide advice and consent on executive nominations extremely seriously. While I recognize the privilege of the President to select his nominees, I believe it is critical that we conduct a comprehensive evaluation of each nominee’s qualifications, since Supreme Court Justices are expected to impartially interpret our nation’s laws during their lifetime terms.

Please be assured that I am committed to making carefully considered and independent judgments on every nominee based on a thorough review of his or her records.

Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.

Sincerely,
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

For future correspondence with my office, please visit my website at
http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/

Flip side: Sen. Cantwell has suddenly discovered “comprehensive evaluations”! Where the senator was when Elena Kagan was nominated to the high court remains unclear.

But wait. If you thought Sen. Cantwell’s pseudo-response on Gorsuch was good, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Get a load of this:

March 17, 2017

From: <Senator@murray.senate.gov>

Thank you for contacting me regarding your thoughts on President Donald J. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. I appreciate hearing from you.

On January 31, 2017, President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat that has been vacant since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February 2016, to which Judge Merrick Garland was previously nominated. I consider my responsibility to impartially and thoroughly examine a president’s nominee to fill Supreme Court vacancies to be one of my most important roles as a United State senator. Throughout my time in the Senate, I have evaluated every judicial nominee using my long-held standard of honest, ethics, legal qualifications, and commitment to justice. ( Notice she does not say “Commitment to the Constitution.” – Ed.)

Fundamentally, I believe that any nominee to the Court should represent the best hopes of our country and be prepared to make wise decisions that protect our rights, our freedoms, and our shared responsibilities as Americans. (What the heck does that mean? – Ed.)

Judge Gorsuch has served for over a decade on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Throughout his tenure on the bench, Judge Gorsuch has earned a reputation as one of the most conservative judges in America on a wide variety of issues. (The heart of her opposition. Oh, boo-hoo! – Ed.)  I find much of his record troubling, including decisions that turn back the clock on women’s access to reliable reproductive healthcare, favor big corporations over workers and consumers, and serve to increase the influence of dark money in our elections.

In light of recent and ongoing behavior by President Trump and his administration that denigrates and questions the role of judges in our system, I have no choice but to begin this process with deep reservations. Given the president’s comments on the traits he required for any of his nominees, I am concerned whether Judge Gorsuch would be someone who would protect our constitutional rights and liberties and who would respect critical precedents on issues like privacy, workers’ rights, protecting women’s access to health care, and upholding Roe v. Wade. (Roe and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton, were pretty much Ground Zero in legislating from the bench. – Ed)

Since the start of his term, President Term and his administration have displayed a reckless disregard for the American judicial system, the rule of law, and American values. (Bravely spoken, from a Democrat/Obama clone??!! – Ed.)

He has issued numerous executive orders that violate the Constitution, including his callous and hateful ban on Muslim refugees and immigrants, which has already been  ruled unconstitutional by the Western District of Washington. The Senate must not confirm a Supreme Court Justice who shared President Trump’s lack of respect for the rule of law and for the constitutionally-established role of an independent judiciary. The United States was founded on the principle of checks and balance, and I am examining closely whether Judge Gorsuch would be able to stand against unchecked abuses of power by the current president of the United States.  (Is Murray trying to set a world record for So. Much. Stupid, all in one paragraph? Where has she been for the last eight years?!  – Ed.)

With the continued chaos surrounding the president, his Cabinet officials and administration, and unanswered questions regarding involvement with Russian officials throughout and beyond the 2016 campaign, I have serious apprehension about moving forward too quickly with a Supreme Court nomination. To ensure that the United States Senate and the American people have enough time to vet Judge Gorsuch, I stand with those pushing back against jamming this nominee through or rushing a confirmation in any way.  (The Russian thing. Yeah, right. So. Much….. oh, never mind. – Ed.)

The American people deserve to have confidence that the President of the United States is acting in their best interest and that any nominee to the Supreme Court will uphold the law and protect our rights. I will not relent in holding President Trump and Judge Gorsuch to these standards.

If you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please feel free to sign up for my weekly updates at https://subscribe.senate.gov/murray/subscribe. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.

Sincerely,

Patty Murray
United States Senator

Flip side #2: Patty Murray has just discovered “standards”! Woo-hoo!

Frankly, anyone who’s got the Left this rattled is my kind of guy. Go get ’em, Neil!

 

 

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