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The confirmation hearing of Judge Neil Gorsuch began on Monday. After Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) explained that she was disappointed that President Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, was denied a hearing, she went on to say that the panel would determine if Gorsuch was, in fact, a “reasonable mainstream conservative” despite the circumstances under which he received his nominations.
But after examining his record, Feinstein was deeply troubled by Gorsuch as SCOTUS, and offered a blistering explanation why. She wasn’t the only one. Here are nine Democrats’ best attacks, and one’s defense of Gorsuch on the court.
1. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Feinstein cited several cases from Gorsuch’s record to demonstrate why his decisions would hurt not just Democrats, but Trump’s base. She also explained why Gorsuch is even more extreme than his predecessor.
“In another case, Judge Gorsuch wrote a separate opinion, this time to challenge a long-standing legal doctrine that allows agencies to write regulations necessary to effectively implement the laws Congress passes and the president signs,” Feinstein pointed out. “It’s called the Chevron Doctrine.”
However, Justice Antonin Scalia argued in support of Chevron, which he praised for allowing “flexibility, and appropriate political participation, in the administrative process.”
2. Sen. Patrick Leahy…