It’s Gorsuch

Well, it was done like an Apprentice finale, but we finally got Trump’s nominee to replace Scalia: Neil Gorsuch. So far, the conservative wing is extremely pleased. Gorsuch is a textualist, an independent thinker and a good writer. He clerked for Kennedy. He’s another member of the Harvard-Yale axis, unfortunately. I will have to read up more but my initial impression is that this is a solid nomination by Trump.

I thought that the GOP should have considered Garland. And I think the Senate should move forward on Gorsuch. Grill him. Vet him. Question his rulings and opinions. That’s their job. But if he’s qualified and has not serious issues, he should be our next Supreme Court justice. I expect the Democrats to put up a bit of a fight but, as he’s replacing Scalia, it will probably not be too bad. If they’re smart, they’ll save it for if/when Trump has to replace a liberal or moderate.

13 comments:

  1. Hal_10000 *

    I am always concerned about where the Court will be headed, but there is some schadenfreude in reading all the pre-election articles about how Hillary was going to transform the Court and, thus, the country.

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  2. Christopher

    Ilya Somin at the Volokh Conspiracy wrote a pretty good article about Gorsuch:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/01/31/thoughts-on-the-gorsuch-pick/?utm_term=.97a81026f9d9

    It seems like the bad news is that he has a few questionable views (that we know of).  The good news is that he’s way better than a lot of us libertarians would have expected from Trump.  I mentioned here before that I think that Alex Kozinski would have been the best choice, but for the moment, I’m not really going to complain much.  Gorsuch seems like a surprisingly good pick.

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  3. stogy

    Five-Thirty-Eight place him a little to the right of Scalia, but not as far right as Clarence Thomas.

    Rep. Mark Takano didn’t waste any time, tweeting that:

    “Just like Merrick Garland, Neil Gorsuch is a respected judge. He should receive the same type of fair & honest consideration in the Senate.”

    Heh!

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  4. Hal_10000 *

    Obama’s former solicitor general wrote a glowing recommendation for Gorsuch and he flew through w/o opposition for the circuit court.  Barring some shattering revelation, I expect a quick approval.

    And yeah, I would have loved someone like Kazinski.  But this is not bad.  Way better than Pryor.

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  5. Iconoclast

    Woah, these folks were all ready.

    I’m sure they were.  They probably had these “reports” drafted for everyone on the list, all saying the same thing:  “Too Extreme!!!!!”

    Meanwhile, back in Boulder…….

    Under normal circumstances, Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge in Denver and adjunct law professor at the University of Colorado, would seem a winning pick for Trump.

    He is widely respected among his disproportionately liberal peers, colleagues and students in Boulder, who describe him as brilliant, thoughtful and charming.

    Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett, a Democrat, called Gorsuch “very ethical” and “very smart.”

    “I found him to be a person of character and quality, intellectually curious and willing to debate all sides,” offered Jordan Henry, a CU Law student and staunch liberal. “I think he’s dedicated to the truth, to justice, to the justice system.

    “I may not always agree with him but I do think he gives all voices a fair hearing, and that’s all you can ask of a judge.”

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  6. AlexInCT

    Obama’s former solicitor general wrote a glowing recommendation for Gorsuch and he flew through w/o opposition for the circuit court.  Barring some shattering revelation, I expect a quick approval.

    Want to bet on that?

    The deranged bunch will find something totally irrelevant to his ability to do the job well (like the fact that he actually is a constitutionalist and quite libertarian fan of small and less intrusive government), will then, when this fails to sway anyone that isn’t a rabid idiot, claim him to be Goebbels, or one of the other lieutenants, and thus unqualified, try to grandstand for as long as they can regardless of how obvious it is that they have nothing and are just stalling, then try to avoid the vote by avoiding the meetings, and finally, complain like hell when the guy is confirmed using Dingy Harry’s nuclear option.

    Hey, they weaponized it, and now they can enjoy the experience…

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  7. AlexInCT

    They probably had these “reports” drafted for everyone on the list, all saying the same thing:  “Too Extreme!!!!!”

    Bleh, you give them way too much credit and intelligence. They had one report with a fill in the blank for the name. Read my above post for how this plays out.

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  8. CM

    I’m sure they were.  They probably had these “reports” drafted for everyone on the list, all saying the same thing:  “Too Extreme!!!!!”

    No doubt.

    I agree with Hal, the Dems should confirm him.

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  9. Hal_10000 *

    It’s amazing to watch the Democrats here. On almost every issue they purport to care about: overcriminalization, civil liberties, restraining executive power, Gorsuch is better than Garland.  But for them it comes down to the abortion issue.  Any pro-life judge is unacceptable.

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  10. stogy

    It’s amazing to watch the Democrats here.

    I don’t actually have a particular problem with Gorsuch, but I would still like to see Garland confirmed first. It’s the precedent that worries me, not the individual judge in either case.

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