U.S. & World

Hatch, Lee urge Senate against politicizing Gorsuch hearings

Comments

Return To Article
  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    March 23, 2017 9:40 p.m.

    I have read every comment...all 60.

    Thank you DN for having the courage to approve all of these comments.

    I was initially amazed at the hypocrisy espoused by the VERY Senior Senator from Utah.

    I am no longer amazed.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    March 23, 2017 2:01 p.m.

    "Hatch said when taking his seat on the appeals court, Gorsuch swore to administer justice without respect to persons and to impartially discharge his judicial duties."

    And when Hatch took his seat as senator, he swore to follow the Constitution.

    And then look what happened when Scalia died.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    March 22, 2017 8:24 a.m.

    "Here is an idea. Appoint Gorsuch with the understanding that Ginsberg will resign and Garland can have her vacancy. Then everyone should be happy. Republicans will have their pick, the Dems will have theirs, and the Court can then focus on the people's business." -Fullypresent

    And here is my counter-proposal: Appoint Judge Gorsuch with the understanding that Justice Kennedy will retire and Judge Garland can have his vacancy. Then everyone should be happy. Republicans will have their pick, Democrats will have theirs, and the Court can then focus on the people's business.

    Justice Kennedy is the longest-serving member currently on the Supreme Court at almost 30 years of service (a short-timer by Orrin Hatch standards), and the second oldest member of the Court. My counter-proposal would make the ideological composition of the Court almost identical to what it was prior to Justice Scalia's death.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    March 22, 2017 7:46 a.m.

    @Bountiful Guy;

    That is something we can both agree on for a change.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    March 21, 2017 11:01 p.m.

    Had Hillary Clinton won the election, Merrick Garland would be going through the confirmation process, and most Republicans would vote for him. In many ways the election was a referendum on the Supreme Court.

    Moreover, Democrats established the rule of no hearings for SCOTUS nominations in the last year of the presidency. Ironically, the Democrats are being hung by thier own noose - the one they tied for Republicans.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2017 8:57 p.m.

    Here is an idea. Appoint Gorsuch with the understanding that Ginsberg will resign and Garland can have her vacancy. Then everyone should be happy. Republicans will have their pick, the Dems will have theirs, and the Court can then focus on the people's business.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2017 7:49 p.m.

    And what did the Republicans do when it came to Garland? Such hypocrites. What is needed is a reasonable, sound judge that has ability to be politically neutral and make decisions based on sound reasoning not politics. The Supreme Court has become far too political over the years and should not be about making law. That is the job of Congress.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    March 21, 2017 4:29 p.m.

    Whenever I'm feeling blue - I read a quote from Orrin Hatch, and he makes me laugh.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 21, 2017 3:39 p.m.

    "Hatch, Lee urge Senate against politicizing Gorsuch hearings"

    Yeah . . . Big surprise!

    But who the Trump cares what Hatch, Lee and the rest of Utah's Trumping Utah delegation has to say?

    Their first priority so far has been to protect the Russians.

    The Trumping piece-of-Trump Party of Treason and its Trump-for-brains politicians have NO credibility at all with ANY reasonable, patriotic Americans.

    Their lack of credibility is only matched by their lack of integrity, their lack of patriotism, and their lack of ethics.

    Hey DN Subscriber –

    “It's amusing to see all the Democrats parroting the talking points . . . .”

    Uh huh . . . And Vladimir Putin agrees with you. He’s laughing too.

    He’s got the Republicans working on his behalf. He is happy. It’s a win-win-lose situation. The Republicans win (at least temporarily), the Russians win, and of course America loses.

    “Conservative” justices weaken our nation just as “Conservative” politicians do. And Putin is smiling from ear to ear.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    March 21, 2017 10:07 a.m.

    There is a good reason that "Borking" became a word. The Dems are expert at slander and libel. More of the same here.

  • Spangs Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2017 9:45 a.m.

    Just fact: What GOP did to Garland was unprecedented, and against the spirit of the Constitution.

    Also Facts: Since taking over the Senate, the GOP confirmed fewer judges during Obama's tenure than ever in history. Well over 100 vacancies remain (there were only about 50 at the end of Bush 43). This sandbagging is also against the spirit of the Constitution.

    Democrats have every right to fight back with the same dirty tricks. I hope they don't for the sake of the Union, but I hope the GOP understands the damage they did to this country - all for the sake of preserving a "conservative" court.

  • SFSteveS SF, CA
    March 21, 2017 9:06 a.m.

    OK, ... to those of you decrying Orin Hatch as your senator, let's make a deal ... I'd be more than happy to have him as my senator and you can have Kamala Harris ... from the tone of the comments published here, most of us would be a lot happier ... you'd have the (deleted) liberal you seem to crave and I'd have someone to actually represent me instead of standing for everything I'm opposed to ...

    Gorsuch will make an excellent justice ...

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2017 8:39 a.m.

    "The only power the Democrats have left is the fake news and the Hollywood elite! They can not stop anything the GOP wants to do! Its a new day in America and the only thing that can stop the GOP is the GOP! Democrats need to ask themselves how that happened to them. Hint to Demos: it was 8 years of B.O's messes that gave the GOP majorities in both houses of congress and the white house and the governorships in most states!" -Thid Barker

    Reports of the Democratic Party's imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.

    I recall, as recently as about a year ago, quite a few Democrats being positively giddy about the apparent implosion of the GOP, and wondering if a Republican would EVER occupy the White House again... and look at where we are today. Both parties have troubling elements of disfunctionality; but, make no mistake, the pendulum WILL again swing the other direction, and as I previously said, what comes around goes around.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2017 8:35 a.m.

    "Because of elections past, the Democrats didn't have the manpower to confirm Garland. This past election and Harry Reid's "nuclear option," gave the GOP the power to nominate whomever they wish. Elections have consequences. Leftists lost over 1,000 seats during Obama's reign. There is a new sheriff in town, libs; live with it. Gorsuch will be confirmed." -Tumbleweed

    Yes, Gorsuch will be confirmed; but he is going to get bloodied in the process. What goes around comes around, and retribution is coming.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 21, 2017 7:34 a.m.

    Hatch's hypocrisy knows no bounds. It's that simple.

  • IceCreamGhost Sandy, UT
    March 21, 2017 6:21 a.m.

    I agree that they should avoid politicising this nomination but they would have stronger moral argument if they hadn't done the EXACT same thing to Barack Obama not six months ago.

    The hypocrisy is unsettling.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    March 21, 2017 5:51 a.m.

    "The only power the Democrats have left is the fake news..."

    Some people just have no clue what "fake news" is.

    Let me give you an example.

    "Last week, Mr. Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge, reported on the morning show “Fox and Friends” that the Obama administration had asked British intelligence to wiretap Mr. Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign."

    But, there is no source or any facts to back up that claim. And then, Spicer references Napolitano's report. And even our president "Mr. Trump then brought it up again on Friday, saying, “All we did was quote a very talented legal mind.”"

    Think only the left deals in "fake news"? How about Fox news?

    BTW, I commend Fox for pulling the Judge because of the remarks. Words matter. And Fox words matter today more than ever before as it appears that our president prefers Fox over the CIA or the FBI for his information.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    March 21, 2017 12:40 a.m.

    Because of elections past, the Democrats didn't have the manpower to confirm Garland. This past election and Harry Reid's "nuclear option," gave the GOP the power to nominate whomever they wish. Elections have consequences. Leftists lost over 1,000 seats during Obama's reign. There is a new sheriff in town, libs; live with it. Gorsuch will be confirmed.

  • gthomas Mesa, AZ
    March 20, 2017 11:44 p.m.

    You mean they are asking Democrats to do the exact opposite of what Republicans did to President Obama's pick for the Supreme Court? To not act petty and partisan. Typical GOP hypocrisy.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 20, 2017 11:31 p.m.

    Hatch will once again have to stand up against the democrat hit job like he did when it happened against clarance thomas.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    March 20, 2017 9:53 p.m.

    Libs, it is really very simple, Garland woild have fundamentally shifted the court to the left.

    After the Obamacare fiasco, the people of this nation prudently elected a GOP majority senate to prevent Obama from shifting the court to the left. The Senate did that.

    The people and States then, prudently denied Hillary the power to appoint supreme court justices and maintained a GOP majority Senate so as to maintain the previous balance of the court.

    Gorsuch will simply replace Scalia and as a fellow originalist will maintain the court as it was, left of center on sexual issues, right of center on other liberties.

    Now, should Kennedy or Gingsburg retire or pass under the current president and Senate, the lefties will have something to really cry about.

    What a shame the democrats nominated the only candidate worse than Trump.

  • Thimk Preston, ID
    March 20, 2017 9:34 p.m.

    Wow, what an insult to the intelligence of any observer. To pretend that no politicization of the Garland nomination took place is the highest hypocrisy I've seen in a while. And Hatch was right in the middle of it.

  • Paul8777 Brigham City, UT
    March 20, 2017 9:29 p.m.

    In the museum of hypocritical statements, this will be given a room of its own with special lighting and detailing to make sure the observer understands just how monumentally hypocritical it is.

  • parryj Provo, UT
    March 20, 2017 7:27 p.m.

    I guess I should have been expecting this from Sen. Hatch, but I thought he might have the decency to just say nothing, given his hypocritical behavior over the Merrick Garland debacle. I remain disappointed that the senator that could work with Ted Kennedy has so thoroughly embraced the scorched-earth obstructionist politics of the contemporary Republican Party. I'm ok with political hard hitters. But to support Merrick Garland, then not only resist him, but refuse to even hold hearings on his nomination well before the next election just because Pres. Obama nominated him, and finally to say what he said (as this article reports it), is to commit an act of pure, unadulterated hypocrisy.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    March 20, 2017 7:26 p.m.

    Hatch has done nothing but be political. I like what Gorsuch stands for and would feel good about his confirmation, but what I find so distasteful is the unwillingness of Hatch to show the same consideration he is asking for "his" nominee.

    I'm sure he would deny such a suggestion that he is partisan and that he puts party before country, but his past actions demonstrate something different to me. Remember, he and his fellow congressmen vowed, on the day Obama was elected, to obstruct, and that is exactly what they did.

    And now, when it suits their agenda and purpose, they want everyone to join hands, sing Kumbaya, and play nice? Sheesh!

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2017 7:00 p.m.

    @DNSubscriber
    "The conveniently, or maliciously, overlook the fact that Garland nomination was treated exactly the way then Senator, later Vice President Joe Biden demanded for a SCOTUS nominee during an election years. So, ignore that red herring."

    A red herring is an irrelevant distraction so I don't think that's what you meant. Anyway, in that very same speech Biden gave that you're referring to he still notes that the Senate has a duty to review nominees and consult with the President on suitable candidates (not like in a "you have to pick one of our people" way but in a "hey if you submit a set of names to us we'll help identify ones that'd be more likely to get through"). The only thing Biden was speaking against was the idea of a president having a tactical supreme court resignation in order to fill a seat before the next president comes into office. Like say if Ruth Bader Ginsberg stepped down in the middle of 2016 you'd be like "okay you're just trying to cram in a replacement so a Republican can't do that" and you'd be right.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 20, 2017 6:49 p.m.

    It's amusing to see all the Democrats parroting the talking points "Garland should have gotten a vote." The conveniently, or maliciously, overlook the fact that Garland nomination was treated exactly the way then Senator, later Vice President Joe Biden demanded for a SCOTUS nominee during an election years. So, ignore that red herring.

    The issue is really how the Senators will behave during the hearings and voting on Gorsuch. Hatch urges civility and non-partisanship. Perhaps if all 100 Senators were gentlemen of Hatch's character that could be done. But, too many of the Senators are hyper partisans who will use any tactics that will help them win. (e.g.- Harry Reid on Romney "not paying taxes" which he later admitted was untrue, but it worked.) Hatch needs to get off the moral high ground and get down in the ditches to fight back. The Republicans have become so used to bullying by Democrats that they just hand over their lunch money at the first threat and never fight back.

    It is time for Republicans to fight back, including Hatch.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    March 20, 2017 6:26 p.m.

    @Karen R nails it:

    A presidential election is underway - Trump has held campaign rallies in Florida, Tennessee, and held another today in Kentucky - and our last campaign has the stain of interference from a foreign power.

    The American people really deserve another chance to indicate what they think about things, with the benefit of hindsight, and more information to come, from the Congress.

    Judge Gorsuch needs to take a seat next to Merrick Garland, and be patient.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    March 20, 2017 5:11 p.m.

    @ Baccus0902

    "They used the lame excuse of being an election year."

    Trump has already registered to run again in 2020. Does that make this an election year? And the next? And the next?

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    March 20, 2017 4:44 p.m.

    Every supreme court nominee has been politicized going all the way back to Bork. I don't see any changes in the future. Nothing but partisan politics.

  • robin138 springfield, VA
    March 20, 2017 4:32 p.m.

    Somebody remind me of how many hours did Senators Hatch and Lee, or any other GOP Senator spend with Merrick Garland.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    March 20, 2017 4:08 p.m.

    @Thid,

    I'd say the GOP is doing an awesome job of stopping themselves. Keep up the money grubbing, disregard for the constitution, attacks on allies, smearing of our intelligence/FBI, weekly retreats with your rich friends peddling influence and destruction of all laws and regulations that don't favor your POTUS' businesses. With Trump, there may not be anything left of the GOP within a few months. Actually that could be a good thing. There's nothing left of the old party of Lincoln, TR and Reagan. Just a bunch of infighting ignorant fools.

    -a former lifelong GOP voter

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    March 20, 2017 4:03 p.m.

    Why the great concern who the Supreme Court Judges are when cities pick and choose what laws they will obey anyway?

    Every citizen would like to be a sanctuary citizen.

    We should obey all the laws or change the bad laws. Not pick and choose.

  • wasatchcascade ,
    March 20, 2017 3:57 p.m.

    The Garland snub, over a year ago; qualified, competent, respected jurist that was discarded and maligned by who? Orrin Hatch. And now in a turn of play, Hatch flips his dark drama mask for a pandering, preening one that smacks of hypocrite and illusionist. Who knows what the current Supreme Court candidate will portend? Hatch though for decades has been holding up Federal Court nominees and done the same with US Attorneys in various jurisdictions. When he does the "blocking" he's laudatory in his mind, but when others cry caution, he ramps up the critique, sky high. Even the fascist, narcissist and sociopath Trump; Hatch still gives that "move the truth" foil high marks and attention. Hatch lives in a bubble though and doesn't care what others say or what conflicting lines spill from his lips (in the past). He's all about himself and his notoriety; and he wants another chance to run, even though he's 82?

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    March 20, 2017 3:48 p.m.

    The Honorable Gentleman from Utah is a national embarrassment.

    The GOP and Mr. Hatch refused to even discuss Judge Garland as SC appointee . The GOP stole that seat from the Supreme Court. They used the lame excuse of being an election year. Some of the more honest GOP members indicated that they could and would block the process of any candidate nominated by President Hillary Clinton.

    Now they dare to preach. Mr. Hatch don't you even have a small amount of respect for the American people?

    Because of last year fiasco Mr. Gorsuch shouldn't be confirmed.

    If Mr. Gorsuch highest merit is to be a copy of Judge Scalia. Then he doesn't deserve to seat in the highest court of the land. He would be another activist judge legislating from the bench.

  • Grzlywolf Grace, ID
    March 20, 2017 3:38 p.m.

    How nice that now we want to put aside politics for this nomination but refused to consider the previous nomination for no other reason than partisan politics. I don't belong to either party, but I find this tactic of the Republicans disgustingly hypocritical. That said, I urge both parties to consider this person based on his qualifications and not his politics and get the process completed!

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    March 20, 2017 3:37 p.m.

    @Vanceone

    deflection, the article is about hatch not reed, bork or anyone else.

  • Bountiful Guy Bountiful, UT
    March 20, 2017 3:24 p.m.

    @Vanceone

    "Note the hordes of Democrat partisans attacking Hatch here"

    And not one mentioning why the Garland nomination wasn't considered - out of deepest respect for the policy set forth, advocated for, and insisted upon by the Democrat Party regarding election year nominations for the Supreme Court. True colors shine brightly.

    And the 'respect' I mention nearly caused me to bite my tongue off. It wasn't respect. There's none of that left in Washington between the two sides. But there is payback, revenge, and deceit alive and well by both sides. I long for the days of, oh what's the word I'm looking for? Bipartisanship. Gone are the days.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    March 20, 2017 2:46 p.m.

    GOP members, Hypocrisy be thy name.

    Pathetic, but that's what's expected in trumpland, Sad!

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    March 20, 2017 2:34 p.m.

    Note the hordes of Democrat partisans attacking Hatch here, but not a single one of them say that Harry Reid openly lying to smear Romney was a bad thing. They defend it.

    Of course, these are the same people who cheerfully support rioting and hurting people for disagreeing with them.

  • Silver Stingray St George, UT
    March 20, 2017 2:32 p.m.

    Ha Ha! How rich. And coming from the man who promised with a straight face not to run again during his last election no less.

  • Carnak Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2017 2:28 p.m.

    Hatch is the man.

    Well said Senator.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    March 20, 2017 2:25 p.m.

    Hatch urges Senate against politicizing Gorsuch hearing

    ====

    Says the Two-Face, double standard, hypocrite who sang the praises of Merrick Garland,
    only to turn right around and POLITICZE him right out of even getting a fair hearing.

    Hypocrite!

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 20, 2017 1:55 p.m.

    Yes, Hatch has never politicized a SC nomination hearing. Never, not once.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2017 1:39 p.m.

    Judge Gorsuch deserves the same committee treatment that SCOTUS Ruth Bader-Ginsberg received. Her left wing politics were no secret.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 20, 2017 1:15 p.m.

    The only power the Democrats have left is the fake news and the Hollywood elite! They can not stop anything the GOP wants to do! Its a new day in America and the only thing that can stop the GOP is the GOP! Democrats need to ask themselves how that happened to them. Hint to Demos: it was 8 years of B.O's messes that gave the GOP majorities in both houses of congress and the white house and the governorships in most states! And whom to the Demos blame? Russians! LOL

  • oaklandaforlife SLC, UT
    March 20, 2017 1:02 p.m.

    Mr. Hatch, I simply can't believe you have anything at all to say after the Merrick Garland fiasco.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    March 20, 2017 12:59 p.m.

    Democrats should give the Judge a far hearing based on respect for the Judge not based on Hatch's hypocritical comments. Republicans, including Hatch, have lost all credibility when it comes to calls for fairness.

  • a bit of reality Shawnee Mission, KS
    March 20, 2017 12:43 p.m.

    How rich to hear Senator Hatch preach about not "politicizing" this process after the way he and his party treated Merrick Garland.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    March 20, 2017 12:42 p.m.

    Senator Hatch has no integrity on the subject, none. What he conspired with in the nomination of Garland clearly shows the process is political. Of course the Gorsch nomination will be politicized as well. Senator Hatch, your hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2017 12:39 p.m.

    Too bad, it was already politicized when the Republicans decided that trying to steal the seat from someone reasonable enough that Hatch voiced support for him (Garland) before Obama picked him was in their best interest.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    March 20, 2017 12:32 p.m.

    After the Merrick Garland debacle, Hatch is no position of moral authority to be striking a condescending high-minded tone.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 20, 2017 12:32 p.m.

    I agree that the judiciary should be non political. As the article notes:
    "A senator who wants to know which side a nominee will be on in future cases or who demands that judges be advocates for certain political interests, clearly has a politicized judiciary in mind, Hatch said in his opening statement."
    So, senator...just how is it that we have a vacancy on the court when the previous President, well before the end of his term, nominated one?
    Because the party of the senator had every intent that the judiciary remain politicised.
    Sorry, but your urges will fall here on deaf ears, ironically on a day when so much other hypocrisy is being revealed.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    March 20, 2017 12:27 p.m.

    Orrin Hatch urging Senators not to politicize the Gorsuch hearings? Wow.

    Next thing you know, Hatch will be promising to serve two terms, and will not run for office... in 1988.

  • Boyd in Provo , 00
    March 20, 2017 12:25 p.m.

    Thank you Senator Hatch for displaying common sense on this critical issue of appointing our new Supreme Court Judge. Hopefully the Senator's who serve with you on this committee will follow your lead and we can get this done and move on. Our country deserves this.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2017 12:23 p.m.

    "Something is seriously wrong when the confirmation process for a Supreme Court justice resembles an election campaign for political office," said Hatch,...

    And there was something seriously wrong with Hatch when he refused to consider Obama's nominee for the same slot, for ENTIRELY political purposes.

  • Jeff Harris Edmonds, WA
    March 20, 2017 12:20 p.m.

    Republicans, including Senator Hatch, refused to give Chief Judge Garland the courtesy of a hearing when he was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama. The seat remained open as a result of Republicans' refusal to consider the Judge Garland's nomination.

    Now Senator Hatch tells us President Trump's nomination to fill this stolen seat shouldn't be subjected to politics?

  • nonceleb Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2017 12:19 p.m.

    This is just precious. He supported Merrick Garland for a federal judgeship saying he was eminently qualified. Then when Obama nominates Garland for the Supreme Court he joins other Republicans in refusing to give him a hearing. Now the politicizing they engaged in is not acceptable? Ultimate hypocrisy.

  • UTPolitico Bountiful, UT
    March 20, 2017 12:17 p.m.

    I am glad, he is saying this, because in no way did he politicize the Garland nomination.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2017 12:17 p.m.

    Yeah, forget that the Republicans refused to have a hearing for Garland for 9 months, that wasn't political. But pointing out Gorsuch said women were "gaming" maternity leave, and saying women were a burden to companies, now that's political.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    March 20, 2017 12:17 p.m.

    From the article:

    "Something is seriously wrong when the confirmation process for a Supreme Court justice resembles an election campaign for political office, said Hatch"

    Actually Mr. Hatch, something is seriously wrong when you can make such a comment and never be taken to task for your blatant hypocrisy regarding the confirmation process.