President Donald Trump has announced his pick to fill the Supreme Court seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. And, like the master showman that he is, Trump once again outplayed the media at its own game, creating a nail-biting, reality-show, beauty-pageant type air surrounding his announcement that 10th Circuit Court Judge Neil Gorsuch would get the figurative Supreme Court rose.
Here’s why conservatives should be well pleased and, conversely, why liberals’ heads are spinning as they contemplate how to oppose Gorsuch’s nomination:
- He is reputed to be an “originalist”, meaning one who strictly interprets the Constitution as understood at the time it was written;
- He is also considered to be a “textualist”, one who “considers only the words of the law being reviewed, not legislators’ intent or the consequences of the decision.” This means he is not an activist judge, using “legislators’ intent” to rewrite and circumvent law from the bench;
- He is young, 49 years old, and could help cement a decades long legacy on the Supreme Court;
- He is likely pro-life and is opposed by “hard-core anti-abortion activists” because he has written that “all human beings are intrinsically valuable and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong“;
- He sided with Christian employers and religious organizations in the cases of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby;
- He has an elite pedigree liberals will be unable to criticize, attending Columbia, Harvard and Oxford;
- He has experience, clerking for two Supreme Court justices White and Kennedy, and working at the Department of Justice;
- The Senate unanimously confirmed Gorsuch to the 10th Circuit Court in 2006.
Robert Barnes at The Washington Post calls Gorsuch “naturally equipped for his spot” on the Court, providing well-balanced detailed reasoning for its article:
Like Scalia, Gorsuch is a proponent of originalism — meaning that judges should attempt to interpret the words of the Constitution as they were understood at the time they were written — and a textualist who considers only the words of the law being reviewed, not legislators’ intent or the consequences of the decision. . . .
Gorsuch said in a speech last spring that as a judge he had tried to follow Scalia’s path.
“The great project of Justice Scalia’s career was to remind us of the differences between judges and legislators,” Gorsuch told an audience at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland.
Barnes explained that Gorsuch has not ruled on the issue of abortion, but is expected to be pro-life.
Chuck Schumer has already signaled his unwillingness to confirm Trump’s nominee, creating a new amorphous liberal test of “bipartisan and mainstream” and threatened to hijack the confirmation process altogether:
“If the nominee is not bipartisan and mainstream, we absolutely will keep the seat open,” Schumer said during an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Such puffery is absolutely political in nature and illustrates the ideological partisanship driving the now-fringe alt-Left radical minority Democrat party.
Gorsuch is beyond reproach as a solid choice for justice and, in fact, has already received bi-partisan support:
According to a report released by Brian Rogers, executive director of America Rising Squared, a conservative research organization, “31 currently-sitting senators were in office when Judge Gorsuch was confirmed by voice vote in 2006, including 11 Democrats and 20 Republicans.”
Other than Feinstein and Schumer, these senators include Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Democratic Whip Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Assistant Democratic Leader Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
Democrats cannot stop the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch. Their only means of blocking Trump’s nominee is through intimidating and dividing the slim Republican majority in the Senate. If Republicans stay united, they can use Harry Reid’s own procedural “nuclear option” to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
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