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A precursor to the fight over Judge Gorsuch’s nomination

by | Feb 8, 2017

By Dave Andrusko

Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

Editor’s note. Sen. Jeff Sessions was just confirmed as Attorney General. The vote was 52-47.

Earlier today National Right to Life sent out an alert, reminding our supporters that the sledgehammer pro-abortion attack against pro-life Betsy DeVos was a dress rehearsal for what could easily be a filibuster by pro-abortion Senate Democrats against Judge Neil Gorsuch, pro-life President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

If there was any doubt this is part of a larger pattern, it’s been removed by the go-for-throat campaign against pro-life Sen. Jeff Sessions, Mr. Trump’s nominee to be Attorney General. The assaults against Sen. Sessions have been vicious, even by the standards of the likes of pro-abortionist senators Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Al Franken (Mn.)–to name just two of the culprits.

We know why the Abortion Industry and its spear carriers in the Senate particularly hate Sessions. As a U.S. Senator he voted against all of Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominees.

He had an impeccable, 100% pro-life voting record while in the Senate and once said, in no uncertain terms, “I firmly believe that Roe v. Wade and its descendants represent one of the worse, colossally erroneous Supreme Court decisions of all time. It was an activist decision…it was a Court that decided to politically impose their will.”

When grilled last month by pro-abortion Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.), he refused to back off. Sen. Feinstein quoted from that statement and asked, “Is that still your view?”

“It is,” Sessions replied. “It violated the Constitution, and really attempted to set policy and not follow law.”

Two interesting stories this morning give us the larger context. First, a story in POLITICO. The Democrats’ base, increasingly out of touch with even traditional “liberals,” wants all-out resistance to President Trump.

POLITICO’s Jake Sherman reported on a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. Only 34 percent of the self-identified Democrats “want their party’s elected officials to find ways to work with the new president. A 56-percent majority said Democrats in Congress should stick to their principles, even ‘if that means blocking all legislation or nominees for government posts.’”

The poll also showed, Sherman added, “[J]ust 23 percent of Democrats indicated they want to confirm Neil Gorsuch as the next justice on the Supreme Court.” Many other stories tell a related story: Democrats want Senate Democrats to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination.

But, second, how does the public view a filibuster? According to AOL’s Carrie Healey

A recent AOL News poll shows the majority of people surveyed do not think Democrats should try to block the president’s Supreme Court nominee. Of the thousands polled, 58 percent said Democrats should not endure the extreme measures that would be necessary to block Gorsuch from being confirmed to the position.

Just 38 percent of respondents believe Democratic lawmakers should attempt to block Gorsuch, and 5 percent said they weren’t sure.

Will that slow down the attack machine? Of course not. Just look back at what pro-abortion Democrats have done, or attempted to do, to defeat Supreme Court nominees they worry won’t be in their corner.

If you can, NRLC could use your help defending Judge Gorsuch. For background, go to “DeVos fight a preview of Gorsuch confirmation battle.”

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