President Donald Trump tapped Neil Gorsuch as his pick to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, announcing his choice at precisely 8 p.m. on Tuesday night.
And in less than one hour, Sen. Chuck Schumer, anti-Trump protester extraordinaire, had already issued a statement expressing "serious doubts" over whether Gorsuch will be able to "vigorously defend the Constitution from abuses of the Executive branch and protect the constitutionally enshrined rights of all Americans."
"Given his record, I have very serious doubts about Judge Gorsuch's ability to meet this standard," Schumer said. "Judge Gorsuch has repeatedly sided with corporations over working people, demonstrated a hostility toward women's rights, and most troubling, hewed to an ideological approach to jurisprudence that makes me skeptical that he can be a strong, independent Justice on the Court."
Schumer then added via Twitter:
Schumer stopped short of saying that he and his fellow Senate Democrats would openly oppose Gorsuch's nomination; however, his immediate shadow-casting was hardly suprising, given the New York senator's pattern of opposing Trump at every turn.
There's just one problem with this latest attempt at grandstanding -- Schumer's already voted for Gorsuch. And so, for that matter, have a slew of his Democratic counterparts.
Back in 2006, when Gorsuch was nominated by then-President George W. Bush to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, he was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate -- which at the time included Sen. Schumer. Also listed on the roll call of those who voted in his favor was Diane Feinstein of California, along with former senators Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and John Kerry.
To his credit, Schumer didn't say he'd be blatantly obstruct Gorsuch's stepping onto the bench for the highest court in the land. However, if his "doubts" suddenly turn into open opposition, perhaps he should consult his own record.