If nothing else, Neil Gorsuch has demonstrated that he knows how to prepare for a case. Anticipating attacks from Senate Democrats on his judicial record as skewed against the “little guy,” the Supreme Court nominee rebutted the argument almost before ranking Judiciary Committee member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) got it out of her mouth. “I’m just looking for something that would indicate that you would give a worker a fair shot,” Feinstein remarked, “maybe something in your background that I don’t know about.”
Feinstein then got a lesson in what she doesn’t know about Neil Gorsuch:
GORSUCH: Senator, I know a case or two has been mentioned yesterday. Respectfully, I’d suggest that does not represent the body of my work. I’ve written two thousand — I’ve participate in 2,700 opinions over ten and a half years. And if you want cases where I’ve ruled for “the little guy,” as well as “the big guy,” there are plenty of those, Senator. The Ute Indian tribe —
FEINSTEIN: Would you be willing to submit some of them? It’s hard to read 2,700 cases — [crosstalk]
GORSUCH: Oh, I’ll name a bunch them right now. [crosstalk] I’m sorry, Senator, of course. Ute 5 and 6. Fletcher. The Rocky Flats case, which vindicated the rights of people who had been subject to pollution from large companies in Colorado — uranium pollution. I’d point you to the Magnesium case, similar pollution case in the Salt Lake City area. Colorado’s effort with renewable energy; upheld that. Orr v City of Albuquerque, involving pregnancy discrimination in a police department in Albuquerque. WD Sports, a discrimination claim. Casey, Energy West, Crane, Simpson v CU, involving young women who had been harassed by the football team. AM, Browder, Sutton — I can give you a long, long list.
By this time, Feinstein was clearly embarrassed, but Gorsuch wasn’t finished,:
FEINSTEIN: That’s wonderful. We’ll find them, and we’ll read them.
GORSUCH: And Senator, the bottom line, I think is, is I’d like to convey to you from the bottom of my heart is that I’m a fair judge. And I think if you ask people in the Tenth Circuit, “Is he a fair judge?”, you’re going to get the answer that you got yesterday from both Senator Bennet and Senator Gardener and from General Katyal, and the same answer you got from Senator Allard and Senator Salazar ten years ago. And Senator, I can’t guarantee you more than that — but I can promise you absolutely nothing less.
Clearly, it’s been a very long time since Feinstein has practiced law. The first rule in cross-examination is not to ask questions to which the answer is unknown. This isn’t a trial (well, not formally anyway), but even as a politician one has to wonder what she thought she was accomplishing with that question. Not only did she make herself look ignorant on Gorsuch’s track record after having almost two months to prepare for this hearing, Feinstein offered up a gilt-edged invitation to Gorsuch to undermine Senate Democrats’ best populist and class-warfare argument against him. In addition, Gorsuch managed to answer the allegation yesterday about hostility toward women by citing Orr and Simpson.
Time for Feinstein to eat crow with the rest of the demacrat party and with Racheal Madcow followed with Humble pie for desert
take a look at this idiot-Feinstein. especially the face. notice anything-multiple surgical procedure to embellish the ca. piece of shit. amazing that there is not surgical procedure to correct idiocy. married three time, holds a BS(bullshit) degree) from Stanford, never of council, old fart born in 1033. sat on the senate intelligence committee and was clueless on waterboarding. No real credential other than a demorat suck up.
Maybe I’m hoping, but We’ve been burned by Reagan’s and Bushes pick. Why does a Republican nominee have to promise a Party which chooses to ignore their Oath of Office that he will uphold the Law. The very Law Dem’s rewrite in the lower courts and use Rep appointees to make Law, Obama Care, REMEMBER!!!
I’m not buying it. His answer should have been, the Constitution Madame Senator, is my Worry!!
“You really need to take a long look in the mirror if one day you find yourself attacking the little sisters of the poor and then the next day you find yourself orating on the need to protect the little guy” -Sen Ted Cruz
the final vote on Ocare was from a sucking face demorat brown. he got a 15 min ride and Air Force 1 got on his knees, did a little genital manipulation and landed, thus was born a disciple of the a radical muslin terrorist
Of course, the point was not the answer; the point was the question. No doubt, her loaded question will be played incessantly by the media as proof of Gorsuch’s dedication to the wealthy and his answer ignored.
Feinstein had lied that Gorsuch would not answer questions (13 hours of not answering) and she got HER question shoved right back into her stupid face.
Which side of the Bureau of Land Management’s attacks on land owners would Diane land? The “little guys”?
@Bill: 13 hours and not a word in the media of it. Yet Hilliary went 11 hours in the Benghazi debacle and the media couldn’t stop shouting about it.
I saw some of the Dems questioning of Gorsuch. I never saw such ignorant questions. Franken was despicable. The questioning session did show who was suitable for their job and who wasn’t! Clearly he liberal questioners were out classed.