Neil Gorsuch goes into a private meeting with Richard Blumenthal, a Senator who fabricated his war record in Vietnam. They discuss President Trump tweeting about “so-called” judges. Sen. Blumenthal, a man not to be trusted, makes sure everyone in the press knows that Neil Gorsuch was highly critical of President Trump.
So now Blumenthal is going to vote against Neil Gorsuch? Really? He will vote against a nominee critical of the President knowing that if Gorsuch goes down the President really will make sure the replacement is an actual yes man?
Sure, Gorsuch will have to answer a few more awkward questions in his confirmation hearing now. Yes, they will want to know what he thinks about the President attacking the judiciary. But he will be more diplomatic with the cameras rolling.
Democrats, however, have already gotten it out there that Gorsuch is willing to criticize the President. His record is one of standing up to executive power and executive overreach. It seems to me this puts the Democrats in an even more awkward position.
They are going to risk the GOP scuttling the filibuster to put Gorsuch on the bench and at what price? Their attempt to block a Scalia type judge from sitting in Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Court when that Scalia replacement is even less deferential to the President’s power?
Neil Gorsuch has boxed in these Democrats. If they fight him, they are fighting a man who they admit will stand up to the President. If they embrace him, they cause a rebellion of their own voters. It makes me wonder if Gorsuch and his confirmation team knew exactly what they were doing by meeting with a fabulist like Blumenthal.