Confirming President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court was expected to be one of the biggest battles of the year, but something happened on the way to the committee hearing room to make it a relatively muted one — at least so far.
Ad campaigns have been minimal. Protesters are at bay. And then there is Judge Neil Gorsuch himself, the silver-haired 10th Circuit appellate justice whose professional courtesy and grounded Western roots have made him a tough target for opponents to attack.
Expect that to change on Monday when the Senate Judiciary Committee launches four days of hearings to determine whether Gorsuch will win the votes needed for confirmation.