#Gorsuch invokes the little used "Charlie Brown Doctrine".
— Nick McClane (@NickMcClane) March 21, 2017
The confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch is ongoing right now in the Senate, and there was just this exchange between Trump’s nominee for SCOTUS and Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Judge Gorsuch made the case for judicial restraint by citing Charlie Brown:
“Well senator, that reminded me of, you know, when Charlie Brown is going in to kick the ball and Lucy picks it up at the last second. And that struck me as raising serious due process concerns, fair notice and separation of powers concerns. When a executive bureaucracy can overturn a judicial precedent without an act of Congress.”
Charlie Brown and Lucy reference points.
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) March 21, 2017
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) March 21, 2017
He’s of course referring to this iconic bit from the Peanuts gang:
Hey, it works for us. Confirm him now!