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Donald Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court

January 31, 2017

  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.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. petermac3 permalink
    January 31, 2017 10:01 pm

    Agreed Steve. Remember Robert Bork? The disgraceful dem’s know they can’t reprise that but they have time tor their leftist buddies to get their professional hired protesters out in the streets to create chaos.

    Liked by 2 people

    • February 1, 2017 12:23 am

      Time to hold some people accountable – use DHS for something worthwhile instead of practicing on the PsyOps. I think Trump has to hit them hard where it hurts – their pocket books and pizza gate events (that was all said to be fake news too, except for the porn part that continues to go on and human traffic, plus … on and on it goes), either they get in line or lose their careers and positions.

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      • February 1, 2017 6:30 am

        I think Trump will go after their pocketbooks, whether or not the Republicans go along with him is another story…

        Liked by 1 person

    • February 1, 2017 6:28 am

      I think it is going to get very ugly Peter with the left now talking about how the Republicans stole Obama’s SCOTUS seat. They are sowing the seeds of discontent.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. January 31, 2017 10:52 pm

    They will never approve anyone Trump nominates. It will have to be the option or nothing They are so vexed with Trump that they are beyond rational thought IMO.

    Liked by 3 people

    • February 1, 2017 12:26 am

      Trump will just have to out maneuver them. Maybe some ‘vetting’ is in order of what they’ve been doing for 8 yrs (under the table dealings) and that’ll confuse their ‘vexation’ forcing them tow the line … or else.

      Liked by 2 people

      • February 1, 2017 6:32 am

        Yeah, maybe Trump will have to use the same “methods” Obama used to get Roberts to flip…

        Liked by 3 people

      • February 1, 2017 12:00 pm

        Negotiation has many facets!

        Liked by 2 people

      • February 1, 2017 8:07 pm

        They will make him an offer he cannot refuse…


      • February 1, 2017 8:24 pm

        I pray that God enlightens him (Trump) and he sees thru their intentions and lies, and doesn’t fall into the pit w/ them. Just as Jesus dealt w/ those of the day – the Pharisees and scribes coming at him – who he called vipers! Let’s pray for Good to come about and win!


    • February 1, 2017 6:31 am

      That’s the way I see it as well Bunkerville.

      Liked by 1 person

    • lou222 permalink
      February 1, 2017 4:05 pm

      Bunker, they are just still stinging from Nov 8th…I mean who thought this was going to happen? Even one of the magazines already had Hillary Clinton on the front and had sent them out as her being President. Guess Trump one upped them? They are not going to “want” to approve anyone on the right, that is very apparent now. Trump and the House and Senate will have to do what the left has already been doing for years, just shove it on thru. While, I would not have wanted to see this happen, it is no longer a perfect world where everything is “by the book”, so guess a bit of fudging will have to be allowed. I think that Trump will get things closer on track to what our Country used to be than Clinton would have…I know,,,,that goes without saying, right?

      Liked by 3 people

      • February 1, 2017 5:04 pm

        Agree. I will never forget the night of election as we saw him take one State by one State and when PA went Wow.

        Liked by 3 people

      • lou222 permalink
        February 1, 2017 7:23 pm

        Yep, I told my son that history was in the making that night!

        Liked by 1 person

      • February 1, 2017 8:09 pm

        They had protesters ready to go with pre-made signs with the name of the future nominee which they filled in once he was named. That tells us all we need to know, they knew nothing about this man other than Trump nominated him and that was enough.


      • February 1, 2017 8:10 pm

        It really was amazing to watch election night play out!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. February 1, 2017 4:05 am

    I have heard some Democrats may not support a filibuster on this nominee. The NY Times wrote an article saying the Democrats need to consider this nominee. Schumer may not not want to lose his political capital this early in the game. Instead the Democrats may want to play a delaying game for now. The next term of the SC is in April and there are two EPA cases before the court. According to Judge Nappolitano if the courts vote is 4-4 then the lower courts ruling in favor of EPA is upheld.

    Don’t forget there are maybe two other vacancies on the SC during Trump’s term. There will be a major fight when Ginsburg resigns or dies. This seat is the designated “Liberal Jew” seat and you can bet Chuckie will move heaven and earth to save this seat. I think however it is time to end all this affirmative action crap.

    Here is an opinion piece written by Gorsuch

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    • February 1, 2017 6:33 am

      That’s a good point. The left may want to let this one go because he is replacing a conservative whereas they may need to save the fight for when one of the liberal justices need to be replaced.

      Liked by 1 person

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