January 31, 2017

Rift Appears In 2020 Democrats Over Supreme Court

The first major fight of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary is upon us with announcement of a new Supreme Court nomination. After the unveiling of Judge Neil Gorsuch, a clear dividing line appeared between two Democrats already with their eyes on higher office: Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).

In Warren’s statement, she came out clearly against Judge Gorsuch:

“We don’t need another justice who spends his time looking out for those with money and influence. Based on the long and well-established record of Judge Gorsuch, I will oppose his nomination.”

Yet Booker did not go that far in his own statement, refusing to say flat out that he opposes Gorsuch, and thus leaving open the possibility that he’ll support a vote for Gorsuch.

Democratic activists are demanding full obstruction to anything happening in Washington D.C. now. Yet with the differing strategies from two leading Democratic contenders, Booker might be left behind because of his relatively moderate tactics.