A number of mainstream newspapers, both conservative and liberal, criticized threats by Democrats to block confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court.
Various editorials panned Democrats supporting a filibuster of the nomination, even if Gorsuch was viewed as too conservative. Should Democrats prevail, top Republicans have promised to use the "nuclear option" that changes Senate rules, allowing for a simple majority vote to approve his nomination.
An article in The Washington Free Beacon on Monday listed the mainstream publications urging confirmation, and included USA Today, New York Daily News, The Daily Beast, The Hill and Bloomberg. Newspapers around the country echoed the sentiments as well and included the Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News, the Miami Herald and The Tennessean.
USA Today wrote that Gorsuch possessed "impeccable" credentials, despite being too conservative. The New York Daily News called him a "rigorous judicial practitioner with respect for the legislative process and for precedent."
Not all newspapers supported Gorsuch's nomination, including The New York Times, which criticized his nomination early in the process claiming he was taking the "stolen seat" from former President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland.
A vote was under way Monday in the Senate Judiciary Committee to determine if Gorsuch's nomination would advance to the full Senate for a vote.
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