Donald Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court
The wait is finally over as tonight Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court as Justice Scalia’s replacement. I am not going to sit here and tell you this is a good pick and I am not going to sit here and state that this is a bad pick because the truth is I have no idea.
Here is more about this nominee:
His resume sparkles with top-caliber schools (Columbia, Harvard and Oxford). His work background includes time as a partner with the Washington law firm Kellogg Huber Hansen Todd Evans & Figel, a stint with the U.S. Department of Justice and clerkships with Supreme Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy.
“He has grabbed every brass ring,” said David Lat, managing editor of the legal website Above the Law. “He’s brilliant, conservative and impossible to oppose. That’s a deadly combination for Democrats.”
For conservatives, Gorsuch meets conservative standards as an originalist and a textualist — someone who interprets the Constitution and statutes as they were originally written.
Gorsuch is best known nationally for taking the side of religious organizations that opposed parts of the Affordable Care Act that compelled coverage of contraceptives. In one of those cases, Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, he wrote of the need for U.S. courts to give broad latitude to religious beliefs.
“It is not for secular courts to rewrite the religious complaint of a faithful adherent, or to decide whether a religious teaching about complicity imposes ‘too much’ moral disapproval on those only ‘indirectly’ assisting wrongful conduct,” he noted in a concurring opinion.
I like that he is being described as an “originalist” and a “textualist” but I disagree with the notion he is impossible to oppose. The Democrats have already stated they will oppose anyone Donald Trump nominates because the Republicans refused to even have a hearing on Barack Obama’s nominee and I expect them to make good on that promise. I would do the same if the shoe was on the other foot.
This is going to be a contentious battle and I am sure Neil Gorsuch’s name will be dragged through the mud and I think that in the end it will probably come down to whether or not Mitch McConnell will trigger the nuclear option (known as the Constitutional option when Harry Reid invoked it) to end the filibuster.
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium