In theory, senators on the judiciary committee are supposed to leave their politics at the door as they decide whether a president's pick for the Supreme Court is fit for the job.
But day two of Judge Neil Gorsuch's multiday hearing was infused with politics. Democrats feel like his nomination comes at time when the independence between the executive and judicial branches may be threatened. Plus, they're raging mad that President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the late justice Antonin Scalia's seat never got a hearing.
Republicans are pleased at the notion of replacing Scalia's conservative mantle with the prospect of another reliable conservative vote.
In the end,...