Nina Totenberg for NPR:
With the Senate Judiciary Committee set to open hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, the game of confirmation cat and mouse is about to begin. Senators will try to get a fix on Gorsuch’s legal views — and the nominee will try to say as little as possible.
Supreme Court scholars and practitioners on the right and left may disagree about whether they want to see Gorsuch confirmed, but in general there is little doubt about the nominee’s conservatism. Indeed, his conservative pedigree is the reason he was picked.
“On issues like abortion and affirmative action and gun rights and states’ rights, we can expect him overall to be a reliable conservative vote and someone who is going to forcibly and eloquently put forward conservative positions on the court,” predicts Richard Hasen, professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine.
Not that Gorsuch has ruled on all these issues. He has not. But the legal road signs are there.