The Senate confirmation hearing of Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated to the Supreme Court by President Donald Trump, has provided us with many notable moments, but perhaps none so poignant as when Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) grabbed the microphone and dropped a major truth bomb on all of the hypocritical Democrats in the room.
The confirmation of a new Supreme Court justice is serious business. This is someone who will preside over the highest court in the land for decades to come. However, Trump could not have made the task any simpler for the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Gorsuch has an exemplary record and was apparently so bipartisan when he was nominated to the Federal Court of Appeals that he was confirmed almost instantaneously with a simple voice vote.
This led Cruz to remark, “A decade ago, Judge Gorsuch was confirmed by this committee for the Federal Court of Appeals by a voice vote. He was likewise confirmed by the entire United States Senate by a voice vote without a single Democrat speaking a word of opposition.”
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 20, 2017
“What has changed?” asked the Senator from Texas. “In the decade since [Judge Gorsuch] has had an objectively exemplary record. By any measure, he has shown himself to be even more worthy of the bipartisan support he received back then.”
Indeed, it should be even easier to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch this time around than it was a decade ago. But, to answer Cruz’s question, the only thing which has changed is that Donald Trump is now the President of the United States, and he is a Republican. This seemed to be of particular concern for Senator Al Franken and Senator Dianne Feinstein, who believe for some reason that Gorsuch might show Trump’s policies favorability, even though nothing on his record would suggest as much.
You’ve got to love Ted Cruz in this instance. He always says what’s on his mind, which is often what the rest of us were thinking all along, no matter whether his opinion happens to be popular or not. His views certainly weren’t popular among Senate Democrats this week, but nevertheless, they needed to be expressed. Needless to say, we need more accountable politicians like him in Washington, D.C.