Our View: Hearings should focus on Gorsuch
Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court.
During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, some Democrat senators focused criticism on President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
“Most Americans question whether we need a Supreme Court justice with the vision of Donald Trump,” commented Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., questioned support of Gorsuch by groups that are “anti-choice, anti-environment and pro-corporate.”
But neither Trump nor those supporting Gorsuch will ever have a vote on the Supreme Court.
It is the character of just one person, Neil Gorsuch, that senators should discuss. And the only important issue is his understanding of the Constitution and his fidelity to it. Nothing else matters in deciding whether he should become a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.