After two days of hearings, the left is running out of bombs to throw at Judge Neil Gorsuch. In fact, the ones they do let go have been blowing up in their own faces.
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NPR ran a story Monday morning painting Gorsuch with the same old liberal brush they always use. Quoting a former student, NPR tried to characterize Gorsuch as a misogynist.
The concerns were shared in a letter, posted Sunday evening by the National Employment Lawyers Association and the National Women’s Law Center, written by Jennifer Sisk, a 2016 graduate of the University of Colorado Law School. It was sent on Friday to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Fortunately, by the afternoon, challengers forced NPR to reveal very important facts they failed to disclose in their original piece. The article now includes an Editor’s Note:
Editors’ note Monday, 12:55 p.m. ET: Since this story was first published, we have added material from another former student and former law clerks of Gorsuch, as well as more information about Jennifer Sisk’s political affiliations. On Tuesday, Gorsuch disputed the allegation himself during his confirmation hearing and explained the lesson he intended to teach.
Now, Sisk’s background puts a little better perspective on her worldview, if not motivation.
Sisk, once a staffer for former Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado and the Interior Department during the Obama administration, told NPR that she wrote the letter “so that the proper questions could be asked during his confirmation hearings,” which begin Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (emphasis mine)
NPR continues with Sisk’s letter that describes a lesson where Gorsuch asked, “students how many of us knew women who used their companies for maternity benefits, who used their companies to — in order to have a baby and then leave right away”
However, another student came to Gorsuch’s defense, clarifying his comments and the purpose for them.
This characterization is being disputed by Will Hauptman, a current law student at the University of Colorado. Hauptman wrote a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee with his account on Sunday.
“Although Judge Gorsuch did discuss some of the topics mentioned in the letter, he did not do so in the manner described,” Hauptman writes.
He continued, “The judge was very matter-of-fact in that we would face difficult decisions; he himself recalled working late nights when he had a young child with whom he wished to share more time. The seriousness with which the judge asked us to consider these realities reflected his desire to make us aware of them, not any animus against a career or group.”
In addition, a group of females rallied in his defense.
A group of 11 female former law clerks for Gorsuch also submitted a letter to the committee in support of the nominee.
“We each have lived long enough and worked long enough to know gender discrimination when we see it. Some of us have experienced it professionally on occasion,” they write. “When we collectively say that Judge Gorsuch treats and values women fairly and without preference or prejudice based on their gender, we do not say that in a vacuum. We say it with the perspective of those who know that unfortunately, even in 2017, female lawyers are not always treated as equals.”
Even though this occurred in a ethics class, Sisk insists his comments were genuine and not meant as a learning exercise. She wrote, “So I was surprised sitting in this class, … and thinking that even a professor that I respected, that I see as so bright, so well-versed in the law, could also not only hold these views, but was so comfortable expressing them to a room full of law students, including female law students that he the same semester had offered to mentor.”
Denying the well-respected professor the benefit of the doubt, Sisk threw the honorable judge under the bus for her own “Sandra Fluke 15 minutes of fame”. Apparently, Sisk learned nothing about ethics. Thank goodness, others did and forced NPR to correct their deceitful smear piece.
But that’s just my 2 cents.