Supreme Court

Gorsuch's Smooth Sailing; Ryancare's Rocky Road

Matt Welch and Thomas Massie among those on tonight's Kennedy


Sadly, though not to anyone's surprise, today's confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch did not feature much in the way of Damon Root-caliber questioning. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) gave unconvincing testimony on behalf of "the little men," Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) asked Gorsuch for a definition of the term "dark money" and asked the judge to call for not-required-by-law disclosure of the people who are spending money advocating his nomination, and the reliably inane Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) spent a good chunk of time drilling into a handful of controversial statements by the man who was Gorsuch's dissertation advisor more than two decades ago. By constantly trying to shoehorn the conversation into some Transitive Property-level association with possible racism/sexism/richism, the Democrats reminded us all of why they are in the governing minority all over the country, even at a time with a historically unpopular (compared to his predecessors at this stage in their careers) president.

We talk about all this and more on tonight's Kennedy (Fox Business Network 8 p.m. ET, with replays at midnight). I am on the Party Panel with BoldTV founder Carrie Sheffield and Wall Street Journal U.S. Editor Glenn Hall, and we also discuss the Democrats' shallow bench, some silly university safe-space policy, and whether legal weed is challenging beer for market share. Also talking Ryancare prospects at the top of the show is beloved libertarian-leaning Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky.