Ad campaigns have been minimal. Protesters are at bay. And then there is Judge
Expect that to change Monday when the
Trump's criticisms of the judicial branch, his ethnicity-based attack on a Latino judge and his willingness to push legal bounds with two travel bans now blocked by courts raise the stakes for a high court seat that will help serve as a final check on the administration's policies, they say.
But as the hearings begin, so will the battle. Outside groups are planning to flood the phone lines at
Opponents will be making the case that Gorsuch often has sided with big moneyed interests over ordinary Americans, and they will be highlighting his longtime association with
Schumer told the
Confirmation fights often diverge from routine partisan skirmishes because traditionally many senators are inclined to support a president's nominee, regardless of party, as long as the nominee is competent and qualified.
So far, though, the campaign has been running largely in favor of Gorsuch.
Gorsuch's conservative views have been compared to those of Scalia, but he presents himself as a more mild-mannered, amiable contemporary.
"Anyone seriously reviewing the judge's record finds that he is a fair and independent judge,"
It remains to be seen how far
Senate Majority Leader