Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner delivered praise and endorsements for Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday’s debate on the Denver judge’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Fellow Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, was coy about his final vote, but admonished his fellow party members not to filibuster. Gardner, a Republican, wasn’t a big fan of filibustering Democrats, either.
“George Washington himself could come down from a mountaintop and would be rejected by the United States Senate to be a Supreme Court justice,” Gardner said. “It’s pretty incredible to see and hear the arguments that have taken place, some lasting all night, because some of these arguments are nothing more than sour grapes.”
Democrats are still steamed that Senate Republicans would not meet with Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee for nearly a year after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, to await a Republican president.
Gardner pointed out how Gorsuch sailed past Senate Democrats in 2006, when he was confirmed to the federal appeals court.
“Either a couple of things have happened,” Gardner said. “Nobody did their work then to find out what kind of a judge he was going to be, or they have decided that the politics have changed. And, to me, that’s the most egregious part of this debate is the politics of the times are demanding that there be absolute obstruction.”
Then he got down to praising the Denver man of the hour. (Not Bennet.)
“Many have come to the floor talking about his high qualifications, the fact that he has the highest ABA, the American Bar Association rating, the fact that he has the support of the 2008 co-chair of the Democratic National Convention (Steve Farber), the fact that Neal Katyal, a very high-ranking former official in the Obama administration, supporting the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch,” Gardner said.
He cited a list of judicial leaders who have endorsed Gorsuch.
“This is an individual who has outstanding legal credentials — Harvard, Columbia, most importantly time spent at the University of Colorado,” Gardner said. “He’s a fourth-generation Coloradan.”
Gardner said Gorsuch’s rulings lead where the law takes him, calling him a “guardian of the Constitution.”
“He understands the separation of powers, but apparently that’s not good enough for some,” Gardner said, charging toward his conclusion. “They want an activist judge, but I hope that over the next several hours, the next few days that our colleagues will come to realize those who know him best believe that he is qualified, that he deserves an up-or-down vote.”