Ed Whelan vs. Simon Lazarus: “How Should the Senate Respond to the Nomination of Neil Gorsuch?”

A conservative and a progressive debate what the Senate response to Neil Gorusch should look like. Following Republican refusal to hold a confirmation hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, some Democratic leaders are looking to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination while only 23 per cent of the Democratic base wants to see Gorsuch confirmed. Additionally, with pervasive concerns about presidential overreach, many are looking for the Senate confirmation process to assess carefully Gorsuch’s qualifications, as well as his independence from the executive office. 
 
Ed Whelan, the President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and contributor to the National Review’s “Bench Memos” Blog, argues that Senate Democrats need to figure out how gracefully they want to lose the Gorsuch battle and whether they want to trigger an abolition of the filibuster. 
 
Simon Lazarus, Senior Counsel at the Constitutional Accountability Center who previously served as Associate Director of Jimmy Carter’s White House Domestic Policy Staff, makes the case for a careful review of Judge Gorsuch with an eye on ensuring he will stand strong for an independent judiciary against the authoritarian inclinations of Donald Trump. 

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