Opinion: Trump nails it with choice of Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

President Donald Trump shakes hands with 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch, his choice for Supreme Court associate justice in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

President Donald Trump shakes hands with 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch, his choice for Supreme Court associate justice in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

The GOP gambled big and won big by holding the ninth seat on the Supreme Court open last year pending the presidential election. Almost a year later, Donald Trump gave conservatives exactly what they’d hoped for, naming appellate judge Neil Gorsuch to the bench.

By all accounts, Gorsuch, who at 49 is the youngest nominee to the high court in more than a quarter century, is cut from much the same cloth as the man he would replace, the late Antonin Scalia. He is an originalist and a textualist, and he summarized his judicial philosophy this way in speaking last year about Scalia’s legacy:

“…perhaps the great project of Justice Scalia’s career was to remind us of the differences between judges and legislators. To remind us that legislators may appeal to their own moral convictions and to claims about social utility to reshape the law as they think it should be in the future. But that judges should do none of these things in a democratic society. That judges should instead strive (if humanly and so imperfectly) to apply the law as it is, focusing backward, not forward, and looking to text, structure, and history to decide what a reasonable reader at the time of the events in question would have understood the law to be—not to decide cases based on their own moral convictions or the policy consequences they believe might serve society best.”

As Gorsuch has also said, sometimes this means judges must come to legal conclusions they are personally uncomfortable with. We have gotten away from that notion in talking about judges in more political terms, but it is the way judges are supposed to act in our system.

It’s worth noting Gorsuch would be the only justice on the present court to hail from the interior of the country (he’s a native and resident of Denver) and the only Protestant justice. He was immediately praised by conservatives as well as some prominent liberals for his legal brilliance and qualifications for the position:

Not that these observations have stopped several Democrats from immediately announcing their strong opposition to Gorsuch’s nomination. They are walking out on a precarious limb. They can play all the games they want to stall Trump’s nominees, but they would be making an enormous mistake to push for a prolonged filibuster of an eminent jurist like Gorsuch. Many people expect another vacancy on the court during Trump’s term, and provoking the GOP to pull the nuclear option on filibusters of Supreme Court nominees would render Democrats helpless in such a situation. And for what? To try to block the nomination of a man many of them have voted to confirm before:

We’ll see how they want to play it, but I’d be shocked if Gorsuch does not end up taking his place on the Supreme Court.

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Eye wonder
Eye wonder

I predict that @Bruno2 will go huffing and puffing to Kyle's latest thread, complaining about getting banned by Jay.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

reuters is a pigsty.


Top of the "news" article -


U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.


Very bottom of the "news" article -


A White House official said the operation was thoroughly vetted by the previous administration and that the previous defense secretary had signed off on it in January. The raid was delayed for operational reasons, the White House official said.


Some of the women were firing at the U.S. force, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters.


Look at some of the pigs over at bookmans already strutting this around, minus the facts, just like reuters intended.


They have earned the right to be banned from the White House.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

It's February! Another four free articles!

Can any of you subscribers confirm that Kyle is still the only reason to keep getting the AJC?

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

You're a moocher (and a hypocrite).

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

 SGTGrit 31 minutes ago

@AndyManUSA#45  I would take that dubious offer with trepidation which it appeared Trump did. "Body count", geez.


Of course he should be dubious, but he should also take it seriously. You have to understand the mindset of the leadership of this city, they yammer on out the sides of their mouths about how much they care and then they disappear until the next election season. During that span of their absence, the people of the city are left to fend for themselves and, unfortunately, they have to defend their own turf against criminals. Now they have a guy that is forcing the mayor to protect them and if he doesn't, in comes the National Guard. It's a serious threat to the democrats and they don't care, they are boxed in by their loony tune constituency. They would rather fight Trump than concede to him. Of course, they are going to lose this and the gang leaders see a chance not only to stake their claim but to make their own lives safer, which anyone should reasonably want. 


Trump should push this. Hard.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@AndyManUSA#45  He should take it seriously but should also understand, which I believe he does that gang mentality isn't on the same parallel tract of keeping the inner cities safe.

metitotktodd
metitotktodd

Make America Hate Again.  Make America Racist Again.  Make America White Again.  Make America Christian Again.  Make America an Oligarchy for the 1% Again.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

It isn't Trump supporters or conservatives who are setting things on fire. UC Berkeley is hopefully just an extreme outlier, but it's pretty clear from the violence during the campaign and since the election that it is the left that is the home of intolerance and hate and fascism.

bu22
bu22

@Lil_Barry_Bailout How many times did Trump supporters shut down Clinton rallies?  How many times did they firebomb Democratic headquarters?  How many people did they blackball at work?  How many people did they hire to incite violence?  For the Trump campaign, the answer is of course zero.  Not the case for Clinton and the Democrats.  The hatred is very heavy on the left.  And the intolerance, bigotry and totalitarian instincts are off the charts on a scale not seen since at least the McCarthy era.

metitotktodd
metitotktodd

 Has the sick psychopath racist bigot rapist narcissist liar bully egomaniac Fascist Hitler wannabe Trump been impeached yet??

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Your party is actually having a serious debate about whether violence against people they disagree with is OK.

Your party thinks those who dissent from climate orthodoxy should be jailed.

You were saying?

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

It would be great if the good people of Maine would dump Susan Collins and the good people of Alaska would dump Lisa Murkowski.

Doom a classical liberal
Doom a classical liberal

@SGTGrit


I was wondering wtf is wrong with these 2. Seems sometimes you have folks like these 2 or a John McCain who want to break ranks just to bring attention to themselves. 

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Doom classical lib @SGTGrit  I respect McCain for what he endured as a POW in North Vietnam because every pilot who flew air strike over the North knew that their air defense was extremely formidable and the odds weren't in their favor of coming back. Having said that I'm not a fan of his political career. 

breckenridge
breckenridge

@SGTGrit 


DeVos is by far the worst of the Trump nominations. She is a traitorous social conservative who has stated that her goal is to "advance the kingdom of heaven" by diverting taxpayer dollars to religious schools.  And like all social conservatives she is a completely worthless human being.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@breckenridge @SGTGrit  So, worthless human beings are confined to those who believe in the Holy Bible? Seems that you must hate the history of this great republic but nobody really cares about what you think, so rant on.

bu22
bu22

@Doom classical lib @SGTGrit There was some speculation they didn't announce their opposition until they were sure they had the other 50 Republicans lined up.

Stephenson_Billings
Stephenson_Billings

CNN Lets Pelosi Smear Gorsuch As Opposed to Air, Water, Food, and Medicine Without Challenge

Doom a classical liberal
Doom a classical liberal

@Stephenson_Billings


Yep. Her comments were over the top crazy. As if this one guy wants to poison the air and water and spoil our food and medicine. Its hard to believe that there are people out there that actually believe that insane crap. 

Doom a classical liberal
Doom a classical liberal

@Starik @Lil_Barry_Bailout


Say what you will but so far he is rocking it. This was a superb pick and on the economic front Trump is rolling back all the red tape and heavy handed regulation that is slowing the economy. I didn't vote for him either but I've been pleasantly surprised by his actions so far, not to mention his high energy work ethic. Good lord, dude is working till 2 or 3 in the morning sometimes. 

MarkVV
MarkVV

Judge Gorsuch almost certainly will be confirmed. While we can anticipate how he will lean in his decisions, we will have to wait and see.

What I would say to those liberals who are furious about Trump’s choice is the following; “Be furious and blame those who were opposed to Trump but did not vote for Hillary Clinton. They are those who will be guilty as much as Trump himself and his supporters for anything bad that might happen during Trump’s presidency.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Those who opposed Trump but declined to vote for Hillary might have voted for a less dishonest and corrupt Democrat.

Y'all screwed yourselves real good.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

 You think Gorsuch caused the liberals to freak out?


CHICAGO (CBS) — The founder and pastor of a megachurch in Ohio told President Donald Trump he has spoken to gang leaders in Chicago who want to work with the White House to reduce violent crime.


Don't be standing near one of them when they read that^^ for the first time.


“They reached out to me, because they’re associating me with you. They respect you. They believe in what you’re doing, and they want to have a sit-down about lowering that body count. So in a couple weeks, I’m going into Chicago,” Scott said. “I said we’ve got to lower that body count. We don’t want to talk about anything else; get that body count down, and they agreed that the principals that can do it – these are guys straight from the streets, no politicians, straight street guys – but they’re going to commit that if they lower that body count, we’ll come in and we’ll do some social programs.”


That's right, own your community, don't shoot at it.


http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/02/01/donald-trump-ohio-pastor-chicago-gangs-violent-crime/

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@AndyManUSA#45  I would take that dubious offer with trepidation which it appeared Trump did. "Body count", geez.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Washington (CNN)The Senate has approved former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as the next secretary of state

YES!!!!! 

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Oops! 

Independent, Angus King voted in favor too.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

democrats are like mosquitos whose bite doesn't itch.

More like no-see-ums that can't make contact.

Don't see-um, don't hear-um, and sure as heck can't feel-um. 

ESalden
ESalden

@FIGMO2It is remarkable how may people write comments that only insult someone, rather than results of thinking. Perhaps it shows a lack of capacity to do the latter.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Yes, for 30 seconds of one day out of almost 700 days, in response to the fascists wondering about Donald's p**** size, Donald talked about his p**** size. 


The liberals haven't stopped talking about Donald's p**** size.


Face plant indeed.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@AndyManUSA#45

He's the one who brought it up. Sua sponte.

Fact

He's the fascist.

Fact

He's the anti-Christ.

Fact

You're the supposed Christian who has fallen for the least Christian candidate in US presidential history.

Fact

So, either you're not the Christian you purport to be, or you are who you say you are and you're also the gullible rube you appear to be.

Fact