Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Neil Gorsuch is Donald Trump's Nominee for the Supreme Court

  Donald Trump selected Tenth Circuit court of appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch as his choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Trump honored a campaign promise to conservatives to nominate a jurist with a similar philosophy to Scalia. He kept his promise.
   Gorsuch has spoken highly of Scalia's jurisprudence. Like Scalia, Gorsuch is an originalist. His opinions are guided by the desire to find original intent as opposed to the idea of the constitution as a 'living, breathing document” that changes with the social more of the times. Gorsuch is a staunch defender of religious liberty and a foe of regulations. Gorsuch supports judicial restrain whenever reasonably possible.
     Gorsuch was confirmed unanimously for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006. As you may recall, the 2006 Senate featured Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden as members. Nevertheless, expect Democrats to suddenly discover major reasons to wage a huge battle against Gorsuch now. Protesters already had pre-made signs with Gorsuch's name on them so as not to miss a beat.
     Liberal opposition probably will not matter. There are 23 Democrats up for re-election in 2018. A sizable number are from red and swing states. Those Senators are likely to defy the further to the left party leadership in order to boost their re-election chances. Last year, Barack Obama tried to nominate Merrick Garland to fill Scalia's seat. The Republicans locked him. Democrats tried to make their obstruction of garland's nomination an issue. It failed to resonate with voters. Successfully blocking Gorsuch will not resonate, either. There is always the nuclear option of eliminating the filibuster and confirming Gorsuch. It is a trick Democrats taught us.

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