When I wrote that California’s junior U.S. Senator was probably going to be worse than Barbara “Call me Senator” Boxer, little did I realize how quickly I would be proven right.

She recently promoted an op-ed she prepared explaining why she wasn’t going to vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court with the silliest tweet since Charlie Sheen’s #Winning.

In other words, Harris has problems with Gorsuch because he believes in the rule of law and wants to follow the U.S. Constitution.

Her actual op-ed was also a real treat. After stating Gorsuch was impressive, she offers the same trite and thin analysis of his rulings that has been provided by progressive, social justice advocates.

…The rest of Judge Gorsuch’s record also shows he’s willing to favor corporations over the American people. He believes companies can impose their religious views on employees and deny women birth-control coverage. And he has been hostile toward federal agencies that protect American workers and consumers.

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights hero who argued Brown and inspired my career, once bluntly defined his judicial philosophy, saying, “You do what you think is right and let the law catch up.” In simple terms, Justice Marshall appreciated that the ultimate goal of the law was justice. By stark contrast, Judge Gorsuch has consistently valued narrow legalisms over real lives. I must do what’s right. I cannot support his nomination.

Interestingly, A Public Policy Institute of California poll shows that the confirmation process has not been kind to either of our senators. Dianne Feinstein’s numbers have plummeted, and Californian’s simply don’t know what to make of Harris.

…30 percent of Californians – including 20 percent of Democrats – say they don’t know how to rate Harris’ performance, according to the poll, which is the PPIC’s first post-election measure of Harris’ job approval.

Feinstein, who has served in the Senate for 25 years and is expected to seek re-election in 2018, saw her job approval rating among California adults fall seven percentage points from early 2016, to 49 percent. Thirty-two percent of Californians disapprove of the job she is doing.

Feinstein is currently 83 years old. Though she would be 90 at the conclusion of the next term, if she prevails in the election, I dread the thought of Harris being the senior senator from this state.


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