Bennet Introduces Gorsuch With Praise For Merrick Garland

TUESDAY UPDATE: Sen. Michael Bennet’s introduction of Neil Gorsuch appears to impressed somebody notable:

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Word spread late last week that Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet would join GOP Sen. Cory Gardner in introducing U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch of Colorado to the Senate Judiciary Committee today. This afternoon that took place–with Gardner giving his widely-expected glowing endorsement of Gorsuch, and as for Bennet…well?

 

In short, Bennet warmly praises Gorsuch, saying he “exemplifies some of the finest qualities of Colorado.” That and several other statements by Bennet praising Gorsuch in terms that seem to gloss over very serious policy differences between these two men will be enough to make Colorado Democrats quite nervous.

Niceties aside, Bennet did speak out strongly against the treatment of Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee who was denied a hearing by Republicans for almost a year. Bennet makes it clear that he considers “Judge Gorsuch a nominee to fill the Garland seat on the Supreme Court.” With that said, Bennet says that “two wrongs don’t make a right,” and that Gorsuch should receive a fair hearing.

Sen. Bennet didn’t give any definitive indication on how he intends to vote on Gorsuch, and it’s a longstanding tradition for a nominee’s home-state Senators to introduce them. But the first blush of reactions we’ve heard from Democrats are lukewarm at best. Bennet’s vote for or against Gorsuch represents what may be the greatest test of his values since his appointment in 2009, and it will be remembered.

Stay tuned, this drama is just warming up.

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  1. ZappateroZappatero says:

    props for bringing up the Republican Ugliness and for his continuing realization that a politician cannot remain above politics.

    (Good thing you guys posted this, cuz I had 15 items ready to rip on this and why our Dear Mikey was unfit.)

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Dear Mikey would make a great running mate for Elizabeth Warren in '20. Geographic, gender and ideological balance, no? 

      Discuss amongst yourselves….

      • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

        Um. No. Thurston is just a leetle lacking in two departments: charisma and integrity. Warren could do much better, and I hope she does.

        • ZappateroZappatero says:

          Clearly, mj is correct  😉

          Despite the fact that many here, including the Proprietors, think the (D) behind his name makes him Perfect, it's impossible for me, and surely many voters, to know what he stands for or to believe he can be counted on for anything but the most bland pronouncements as a Democrat.

          CPoks has done their job exquisitely, which is why Bennet barely has to do his. 

  2. Pseudonymous says:

    Two wrongs don't make a right?  Justice Bork, are you there?  Oh, wait, it is OK to oppose a nominee to the court.

    • gaf says:

      Bork got a hearing and a vote. Garland did not.

      • Pseudonymous says:

        Not the comparison I was making, although it would be the argument against mine.  I was referring to Bennet's second wrong, which I can only presume is not giving a vote to Gorsuch.  I don't think that nominees are entitled to confirmation, or that Gorsuch should be treated "better" than Garland by the Dems.

        Bennet wants to be the better man.  The "better men" have been routed from government across this country at all levels.  I think that's largely because they're focused not so much on being the "better men" as they are the "lesser evil," but, regardless, the attempt by Democrats to govern by trying to play by the rules while the Republicans rob, cheat, and steal doesn't seem to have served them well.

  3. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    Well done, Senator! He could have just made the introduction and said nothing more but he stood up to the Republicans who shafted Garland. Bravo!

    • Pseudonymous says:

      I think we might hold off on the kudos if the bar is "he could have done nothing" but "he said some things, and then repeated what his kindergarten teacher said about two wrongs and stuff."  That's not standing up; that's copping out.

  4. Andrew Carnegie says:

    Thurston is going to vote for Gorsuch, as he should.

    Thurston is not from the nuts and berries, fruit loops and fruit cakes wing of the party populated by Zap and MJ.  He is from the crooks and cronies branch that supported Hillary.

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