GUEST COREY BRETTSCHNEIDER – The confirmation hearing for Neil Gorsuch to become Supreme Court Justice have been marked by discussions of serious issues from the influence of dark money to abortion and torture. Gorsuch was offered up as a nominee to fill Antonin Scalia’s seat by Donald Trump within days of his inauguration.
Republicans stymied Merrick Garland, President Obama’s pick for the court last year, determined at all costs to preserve a conservative majority on many issues.
Progressive activists hoped that Democrats would resist the nomination but thus far it appears likely that Gorsuch will be confirmed.
Corey Brettschneider, professor of political science at Brown University. He is the author of When the State Speaks, What Should It Say: How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality and Trump vs. The Constitution.