One of the themes that developed on Day 1 of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's hearings is that Democrats plan to make an issue of what they say is the Supreme Court's pro-business leanings.
Gorsuch has quietly made the rounds of Senate offices and mostly avoided controversy.
Graham recalled the less bitter days of bipartisanship in the Supreme Court justice selection process, when Antonin Scalia, a staunch conservative, was confirmed in a 98-0 vote, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal, earned her seat by a vote of 96-3.
"I have decided for Native Americans seeking to protect tribal lands, for class actions like one that ensured compensation for victims of a nuclear waste pollution problem produced by corporations in Colorado", Gorsuch said. Gorsuch has consistently ruled on the side of wealthy, corporate interests, and against women, workers, and immigrants.
Gorsuch will deliver an opening statement last on Monday, and then senators will start questioning at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The courts are supposed to be above politics - a point Gorsuch himself stressed repeatedly during his opening statement later Monday.
Still, Democrats will be hard-pressed to stop Gorsuch's nomination given Republicans' 52-48 control of the Senate. So it will be interesting to see how Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats attempt to meet the irrational demands of their out-to-sea supporters.
Gorsuch's entry to the committee room caused a lighthearted moment because there was such a din of shutter clicks from media photographers that the 49-year-old appeals court judge couldn't keep a straight face as he sat down at the witness table. Gorsuch has degrees from Columbia, Harvard and Oxford.
"I can just hear the cries of protest, accusations that he favors certain parties and is hostile to others, and threats of filibuster", he said, revealing that is the circuit court record of Justice Sonia Sotomayor as Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, told Gorsuch during the hearing. The senators will question the nominee today. If approved by the Senate, Mr Gorsuch would restore a narrow 5-4 conservative majority on the Supreme Court. Roberts had promised he would be like a baseball umpire, merely calling balls and strikes.
In the presidential election between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, Cruz said, "the people chose originalism, textualism and the rule of law". "For a judge who likes every outcome he reaches is probably a pretty bad judge, stretching for policy results he prefers rather than those the law compels". You can also watch the opening remarks from Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), former Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and other committee members. "I think he's ready".