A smiling, confident Judge Neil M. Gorsuch cruised through the first day of his Supreme Court hearing Monday by striking a tone of humility and idealism. But a partisan confirmation battle may yet await.
Democrats voiced skepticism about his conservative record and pro-business rulings, and repeatedly brought up Republicans’ refusal last year to even consider President Obama’s nominee for the same seat now being filled by President Trump.
Gorsuch, 49, pledged to senators that he would be a restrained, fair and nonpartisan justice of the nation’s highest court.
“These days we sometimes hear judges cynically described as politicians in robes,” he said in his opening...