One strategy I've heard proposed is that the Democrats shouldn't put up too much resistance to Goresuch – he isn't, after all, any more conservative than Scalia was, and doesn't change the court's overall makeup in any way – but they should go to the mat to resist any future successors to any of the liberal justices. Replacing Ginsburg with a 40-year-old theocrat is something we won't recover from, so the argument in that case would be "hey, we didn't like Goresuch, but we held our noses and didn't fight you on him, but we're not going to do that a second time."
Yah, I like the approach of asking him questions about what he thinks of Trump's actions. Keep the focus on the nut case in the white house.
"Ideally, the process would go like this: Democrats would block Gorsuch, and Republicans would then negotiate in good faith, resulting in a nominee who moved the Court closer to consensus…"
No. Ideally, Democrats would block Gorsuch, and Republicans would then nominate and confirm Garland, because he is now the only person (besides, perhaps, Barack Obama) who could be considered a legitimate nominee.
Here's a fantastic idea as in a fantasy. Chief Justice Roberts issues the following statement: "In the interests of preserving the credibility of the Supreme Court in the eyes of the public, the currently sitting Justices respectfully request that the Senate consider the merits of Judge Garland and hold an up-or-down vote for him. Judge Garland was appropriately nominated by the President and is deserving of this consideration."
There's the Robert Reich stance–no supreme court justice until we are certain Trump isn't under the influence of outside forces. Investigate the Russia connection and see Mr. Trump's taxes at the very least.
I can see all the arguments here. but I despair of the Democrats in the senate actually doing anything to stand up for themselves and us.
As long as we are fantasizing, how about — we won't consider Gorsuch unless McConnell, Ryan, and Bannen all resign. Then we impeach Pence.
I loved the scenario of the Supreme Court insisting they consider Garland first.