Ever since President Obama nominated his Supreme Court pick after Justice Scalia died Republicans have been waiting to nominate the right person for the job. Tonight, President Trump announced the nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorusch to the Supreme Court. It is the highest profile one yet. If this nomination is like any of the others, weeks of hard and intense debate will follow in the Senate.
The President maintained he was staying true to his word by nominating someone who loves the Constitution and will preserve law and order. He also noted the judge was unanimously appointed to the current post he has and stated the following about him,
“Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support.”
Gorusch is forty-nine years old and he served on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He did so in Denver, Colorado for more than ten years. If he is ultimately accepted as the nominee, he will fill the spot that Justice Antonio Scalia held for decades. The judge was also a part of the list that circulated during the presidential campaign.
However, blood is in the air. Democrats are still livid that Republicans refused to vote on their nominee when former President Obama announced his choice of Merrick Garland. Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has threatened a filibuster if the Supreme Court nominee fails to get at least sixty votes. This would require eight Democrats to cross the aisle and vote for Trump’s nominee.
“The burden is on Judge Neil Gorsuch to prove himself to be within the legal mainstream and, in this new era, willing to vigorously defend the Constitution from abuses of the Executive branch and protect the constitutionally enshrined rights of all Americans. Given his record, I have very serious doubts about Judge Gorsuch’s ability to meet this standard.”
President Trump alleges the judges credentials are beyond dispute saying,
“I only hope that both Democrats and Republicans can come together for once, for the good of the country.”
After the President’s introduction of his nominee he gave the floor to the judge. Gorusch promised to be a faithful servant and acclaimed the “solemn assignment” the President gave him. Furthermore, he labeled Scalia a lion of the law and noted his wisdom and humor. Much like Justice Scalia, he is an originalist, who believes the Constitution should be followed exactly to the original text and meaning.
If the previous Senate hearings are any indication of what Gorusch’s hearing will be like then he has a rough road ahead. The hearings have had many delays and the media has negatively reported on it non stop. If the Democrats had it their way we would have no heads of agencies running them. Certainly not anytime soon.