Last night, President Trump announced Federal Judge Neil Gorsuch as his pick to fill Justice Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. It had come earlier that day that this nomination was very likely. The official announcement was made at 8pm Eastern Time. Conservatives everywhere cheered, while liberals everywhere likely ran to their safe spaces to hide.
Neil Gorsuch Graduated Columbia University in 1988 with his pre-law degree. He then went on to earn his Law Degree from Harvard Law School. After graduating from Harvard Law in 1991, he went on to earn his Doctor of Philosophy from University of Oxford in 2004. Gorsuch served as a lawyer from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a clerk for Justices Anthony Kennedy and Byron White.
He received his first judgeship in 2006 when he was appointed by President George W Bush as a Federal Judge in the United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals In the state of Colorado. He served in that capacity until just recently, when he received the nomination to become an Associate Justice, filling some big shoes left by former Justice Scalia.
Gorsuch has been hailed by many as a true Conservative and a firm Constitutionalist. His rulings have protected free trade and commerce and have greatly expanded religious freedom for millions of Americans. Senator Ted Cruz said the following in regards to Gorsuch, “the rule of law will be all the better for it.” Senator Ben Sasse, who has criticized President Trump, sent out a tweet calling Gorsuch “a tremendous pick.” Even Senator Rand Paul, a staunch advocate for liberty, limited government, and the Constitution, tweeted the following, “I congratulate President Trump for nominating a conservative jurist with outstanding credentials and experience to the Supreme Court.” Even Speaker of the House Paul Ryan spoke out on the matter, saying Gorsuch was a “phenomenal choice by the President.”
The liberal response to President Trump’s nomination? Almost immediately after the nomination was announced, Democrats started calling for the boycott of the confirmations hearings and vowed to block Trump’s pick as long as they could. This was after 8 years them calling Republicans obstructionists. This is a very petty and desperate attempt to foil Trump’s plans.
However, with this being said, the GOP have recently shown that attempts to block Judge Gorsuch’s nomination are all but pointless. The GOP recently changed committee rules that allowed them to confirm several of Trump’s cabinet appointees unanimously without the help of Democratic votes. However, this option will not necessarily work with Judge Gorsuchs confirmation.
In this situation, the GOP have a very powerful weapon in their hands, created by Harry Reid to stop the Republicans from filibustering during Obama’s tenure in office. This option is called the nuclear option. What this does is allow the GOP which controls the Senate to confirm Gorsuch with a mere 51 vote majority, instead of the current supermajority requirement of 60 votes. All that would need to happen is the presiding officer of the Senate rule that a certain issue is a constitutional matter. This calling immediately puts the issue to the full Senate, who decides by a simple 51 vote majority.
I am sure the Democrats would never have expected to have their own weapon used against them in this manner. One can only hope that the Senate will not be forced to use this option, as it could set a dangerous precedent in the unforeseen scenario where the Democrats would gain a majority in the Senate.
This man is a fantastic pick and the Senate needs to confirm him as soon as possible. Being 49, he will be the youngest Supreme Court Justice in US history. He will do everything in his power that the new position will give him to protect the rights and freedoms of every single American, while at the same time, uphold the Constitution and interpret it in the strictest of manners.
America will be much better off with this man in the Supreme Court. One can only hope that with this appointment and maybe one or two others, that legislation from the bench that we saw way too much of under President Obama, will stop. I look forward with much hope and anticipation to seeing Judge Neil Gorsuch confirmed as the next Supreme Court Justice.