March 8, 2017

Liberal Groups Continue To Attack Senate Democrats Over Gorsuch

As Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings approach, Senate Democrats continue to be put in a tough spot regarding his nomination. According to the New York Times, many of the Senate Democrats who have met with Judge Gorsuch “have emerged from one-on-one meetings with Mr. Gorsuch praising his intellect and demeanor.”

Due to Judge Gorsuch’s stellar credentials, many Democrats have been “muted” in their opposition to his Supreme Court nomination. Yet for the grassroots organizations preaching non-stop obstruction, this is their worst-case scenario. Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL, took a shot at that “muted opposition,” by saying Senate Democrats are betraying the grassroots:

“’We are not hearing from them the intensity that we are hearing from the grass roots,’ said Ilyse Hogue, president of Naral Pro-Choice America, the organizer of a recent letter from 11 progressive groups urging Democrats to step it up. ‘The grass roots really understands this is a do-or-die nomination.’”

The situation is viewed as so dire by many grassroots organizations that 11 groups banded together to fire off a letter attacking Senate Democrats:

“The situation was worrying enough to Gorsuch opponents on the left to provoke a chastising letter to Senate Democrats. ‘Democrats have failed to demonstrate a strong, unified resistance to this nominee despite the fact that he is an ultraconservative jurist who will undermine our basic freedoms and threaten the independence of the federal judiciary,’ the 11 groups wrote. ‘We need you to do better.’”

Senate Democrats have a choice to make. They can either cave into the pressure and attempt to obstruct an extremely well-qualified Supreme Court nominee, or they can do the right thing and thus face the wrath of fuming left-wing groups. No matter what Senate Democrats choose though, they lose.