The Feb. 2 editorial “Questions for Mr. Gorsuch” was correct that Judge Neil Gorsuch must be pressed on many issues — none more important than how he would use a Supreme Court seat to shape our democracy.
For four decades, the court’s flawed approach to money in politics has gutted common-sense protections against the power of special interests and wealthy individuals. The court has created a rigged system that 85 percent of Americans from across the political spectrum want to fundamentally change.
At the heart of the court’s flawed approach is the notion that we should limit political spending only to fight bribery, not to ensure we all have an equal voice. This logic gave us Citizens United and more.
So, here’s one more question Mr. Gorsuch must answer: Do the people have the power to ensure that Americans of all incomes, races and backgrounds can run for office and make our voices heard?
With the court split 4-4 on this and other issues, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Mr. Gorsuch’s record suggests he’s not the person to shift the tide toward building a democracy in which the size of our wallets doesn’t determine the strength of our voices. Senators must press for clear answers.
Adam Lioz, Washington
The writer is counsel and senior adviser at Demos.
Regarding the Feb. 1 front-page article “Supreme Court nominee is Gorsuch”:
Colorado federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch deserves a fair hearing and an up-or-down vote. But Senate Democrats should use the same timeline that Senate Republicans afforded Judge Merrick Garland.
Senate Democrats should do everything in their power to prevent a hearing or vote for the next 293 days, as was the case with Mr. Garland. On Day 294, the Senate can take up this matter. But obstructionism cannot be rewarded, and there should be consequences for Republicans’ treatment of former president Barack Obama’s nominee. Waiting 293 days to proceed ensures consistency in the treatment of both parties’ nominees and still gives Mr. Gorsuch something Mr. Garland was wrongfully denied: a hearing and a vote.
Joe Macri, Baltimore
I am as deep blue a Virginian as one is likely to find in Fairfax County, but I urge my fellow Democrats not to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Investigate him thoroughly to make sure there is nothing disqualifying in his background, question him intensely at hearings and vote “nay” when the time comes, but do not filibuster.
Mr. Gorsuch’s placement on the Supreme Court will make very little difference. He may be slightly more to the right of Justice Antonin Scalia, but not much will change this time.
Senate Democrats should keep their powder dry and save their ammunition for the next time, when it will really count.
Bonnie Witlin, Herndon