Francois interviewed by Daily Signal on Gorsuch confirmation

A Charlottesville-based group that's battling President Donald Trump's agenda is sending a message to Washington about the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court.

He is confirmed with at least 51 votes after there are 60 votes to end debate, ending the threat of a filibuster.

Democrats, who still have bad feelings about Republicans blocking President Barack Obama's court pick Merrick Garland in 2016, don't have the votes to prevent Gorsuch from getting confirmed by the committee. Easily one can imagine President Trump nominating the white nationalist Stephen Bannon or Kellyanne Conway, since she's not doing well on TV these days.

Still, they are trying - and it doesn't take much for confirmation hearings to take an unexpected turn.

In its analysis of Gorsuch's record, Lambda Legal officials concluded that this nominee has displayed "a vision of a society where religion prevails over law, and where the concerns of religious parties override the concerns of other citizens".

The committee will then have a second round of questioning, which might be as long as 20 minutes per senator (or almost seven hours total).

"This hearing is an opportunity for not only the Senate, but the American people to get answers to these questions, and it's a chance for us to hear directly from the nominee himself", says Senator Grassley in the video.

Anthony L. François, a senior attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, also says he believes this is the likeliest scenario.

Senator Tester is one of five red-state democrats who has come under heavy political pressure to confirm Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. One arm of the GOP would like to drop the ability to filibuster and replace it instead with a simple majority vote, an idea that President Trump fully embraces.

"It's definitely lopsided", said Carrie Severino, chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network, the leading member of the conservative coalition supporting Gorsuch, referring to the conservative ad spending.

In his 2006 book The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, for example, Gorsuch rejected the case for legalizing assisted suicide on the grounds that "human life is fundamentally and inherently valuable, and the taking of human life by private persons is always wrong".

"As of right now, I think that they're a long way from getting to that number", Van Hollen said.

Carrie Severino, who is leading JCN's work on the Gorsuch fight, said she was somewhat surprised by Democrats' lack of spending - and that it was easier to make their argument on less-cluttered airwaves.

Gorsuch going down in defeat, according to Malcolm, is not probable. But Republicans have their own plan to deal with a potential filibuster: Going nuclear.

As the world's greatest deliberative body takes up consideration of a nominee for the highest court in the land, it is time to put into action the reverence we share for the United States Constitution.

"A fellow Coloradan, Judge Gorsuch is an exceptional jurist who will bring a Western perspective to the Supreme Court".

Justice Antonin Scalia received a confirmation vote of 98-0. When asked about a particular area of law or case the Supreme Court has decided, the stock answers are, "That case is established precedent", "That issue may come before the Court, so I can not comment at this time" and "Let me give you a lecture about this area of the law" - the equivalent of laughing in the face of the question-asker.

  • Larry Hoffman