Gorsuch must answer questions Garland was denied

Source: The American Prospect
by Dorothy Samuels

“This is what the GOP push to confirm Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s far-right nominee for the Supreme Court, has come to: An Instagram video posted by the Senate Republican Conference shows the 49-year-old federal Circuit Court of Appeals judge stopping to pet an adorable Shih Tzu while on his Capitol Hill rounds. The caption: ‘One more reason you’ll love Judge Gorsuch. He loves dogs.’ Funny, perhaps, and cuddly, but also emblematic of Republicans’ artful but misleading push to ‘normalize’ Trump’s very right-wing choice in advance of his Senate confirmation hearings, which begin on March 20. It’s all part of a full court press to install Gorsuch in the Supreme Court seat that Republicans effectively stole from Barack Obama with their unprecedented refusal to even consider his nominee, Merrick Garland, another widely respected (and far more moderate) federal judge. Obama had tapped Garland to fill the vacancy created by Antonin Scalia’s death a little more than a year ago.” (03/08/17)