5 things you need to know about Neil Gorsuch

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http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/31/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-supreme-court-nominee-neil-gorsuch-commentary.html

President Donald Trump has nominated Federal Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Here are the five most important things you need to know about him:

When President George W. Bush nominated John Roberts to the high court, much was made about his relative youth at age 50. The idea was that, at his age, Roberts would have the unique opportunity to set legal precedents for almost 40 years or so. Gorsuch is even younger at 49, and you can be sure his age will be simultaneously seen as a positive to the conservatives who will want him to enjoy a long tenure on the court and a negative to the liberals who will fear the extensive legacy Gorsuch would likely be granted if confirmed.

It may seem like it goes without saying that all Supreme Court nominees graduated from excellent schools, clerked with impressive judges, and have plenty of experience on the federal bench. But that’s simply not the case as we learned when President Bush first nominated Harriet Miers during his second term, before she quickly withdrew because of questions about her lack of qualifications.

And President Richard Nixon suffered the embarrassment of having two of his Supreme Court nominees rejected by the Senate because of serious questions about their credentials as well. Gorsuch fills all the requisite boxes: Columbia undergrad, Harvard Law, clerk for two Supreme Court justices, and has been a federal judge for years.

President Trump has nominated Gorsuch to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch has often been described as a conservative judge, very much in the mold of Scalia. In fact, Gorsuch felt such a connection with Scalia that he says he wept when he learned of his death last year. Conservatives who felt a similar connection to Scalia will feel it’s only right that Gorsuch is succeeding him. And liberals who long loathed the more intellectually conservative Scalia will be predictably annoyed that he’s virtually returned in a younger form.

Gorsuch has not issued any major opinion or written directly about abortion or Roe v. Wade. The agonizing litmus test on the abortion issue will thus be hard to apply to Gorsuch, and this will make his confirmation process somewhat easier for him.

However, Gorsuch has been outspoken on the issue of euthanasia and end of life issues. He has set himself apart from most of even the most scholarly judges by writing a philosophical book about these topics, based on political theory and ethics. As impressive as it is, this will still enrage liberals and others who believe in the right to die.

However, Gorsuch’s opponents will have a much harder time marshaling their opposition based on this issue compared to abortion. The Democrats have become an identity/gender politics party. And sadly, end-of-life issues touch people of all races, ages, and income level. This will simply not be as damaging to Gorsuch among liberals as any kind of anti-abortion record. However, his opposition to euthanasia will be a bigger positive with conservatives than it will be a negative with liberals.

Gorsuch hails from Colorado, a key swing state that President Trump almost won in the election. While it may not seem like choosing a nominee form a particular state will make a difference to the voters, these things tend for swell local pride. Just as importantly, Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Senator Michael Bennett is a relative moderate, who might be swayed to vote for Gorsuch’s confirmation because of his “favorite son” status. Every little bit helps.

So, how does all of this stack up for Gorsuch’s chances of being confirmed? Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has to choose how far he’s willing to go to block this nomination. Unfortunately for Schumer, the Senate Republicans could use the “nuclear option” to confirm Gorsuch with a simple majority vote in the Senate. This is the legacy that Schumer’s predecessor, Harry Reid, left him when he decided to use the nuclear option himself to get several federal judges confirmed. Several reports say the Senate Republicans under Mitch McConnell are prepared to use the same option now to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. That is the biggest reason why Schumer is most likely to make a lot of noise opposing Gorsuch, but will not expend all of his ammunition to block him.

So, expect delays and even some kind of Senate floor demonstration. But in the end, Schumer knows he cannot really expect to win this fight against a highly educated legal scholar. He will have a better chance trying to block the remaining unconfirmed Trump cabinet choices or upcoming Trump legislation, like the Republican tax bill.

Barring any major surprises, Neil Gorsuch will be on the high court before the end of this Supreme Court session.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Gorsuch

Harvard, Georgetown, Columbia, Oxford, Obama

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the only surprise here is that the guy is so young..in regards to supreme court judges..

ticking lots of boxes as noted above..

“Conservatives who felt a similar connection to Scalia will feel it’s only right that Gorsuch is succeeding him. And liberals who long loathed the more intellectually conservative Scalia will be predictably annoyed that he’s virtually returned in a younger form.”

thoughts?

401

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~ by seeker401 on February 2, 2017.

12 Responses to “5 things you need to know about Neil Gorsuch”

  1. HE DOES HAVE ASSETS BEING MUCH YOUNGER AND GENERALLY MAY BE IN BETTER HEALTH FOR THE POSITION. AT THE SAME TIME HE WAS NOT BORN YESTERDAY, NOR IS HE A SPRING CHICKEN, VERY CLOSE TO BECOMING 50 IS ABOUT RIGHT. I THINK MORE YOUNGER JUDGES SHOULD BE APPOINTED, SO LONG AS THEY ARE NOT TOO YOUNG, AND MORE CLOSER TO BEING 50, AND HAVE A GENEROUS BACKGROUND IN SERVING THE COUNTRY AND A GENUINE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LAW IN KEEPING THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION IN TACT. THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS ARE HIS STRENGTHS IN THE HEART, MIND, AND SOUL; IN TIME WE SHALL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE WHERE HE STANDS ON ISSUES. A YOUNGER CONSERVATIVE, WHO KNOWS MAY BE ABLE TO KEEP THE OLDER LIBERALS IN LINE. TIME WILL TELL IT ALL.

  2. I think some of those in the past referred to as ‘conservative’ turned out to be not so conservative after all. I don’t trust any of them..there’s a reason they are SELECTED by the puppets. What is interesting is that he is neither Catholic nor Jewish….he’s an Episcopalian..

  3. why didn’t obama rushed to nominate his replacement for Scalia . . ??

  4. Gorsuch wrote this book, said to have done a lot of research on assisted suicide and that he is against it.

  5. http://www.opb.org/news/article/neil-gorsuch-physician-assisted-suicide/

    Personally, I think this is good thing because the health industry and many doctors are not to be trusted anymore, and I know they are doing this, death by drugs with or without permission to our seniors already.

  6. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

  7. conservatism…
    rightism

    leftism.. my eyes were wide-opened this year after the US election.. i always thought left v right is just another paradigm. but it appears to be much more ..pronounced.. wow when /where will this chasm end

    it left me thinking why this left-right chasm is not as great a divide or even exist in asian countries. why..? it is the education system ? TV? what?
    after recent chats with my mates re Trump & US election – it has dawned on me that the snowflake type is not only to be found amongst the teens or youth. Infact – there are quite prevalent in the adult set to the 50s 60s.. wow
    didn;t know until a few of my friends actually tried to bulldoze me with insults like “Hey why are you supporting a fascists, a racists, a pussy grabber..” …” are you a nationalist/fascist ”

    got me thinking why – i know Trump has deeper secrets only he knows but i am glad the previous mafia is “gone” & remained sceptical of trump but willing to give him the benefit of doubt. BUT why are my seemingly intelligent(?) friends not able to articulate which policies re Trump which they didn’t like? I just come away that many aussies are not as smart (?) as i think they are..or maybe that’s just the way of the world. I imagine at least 80-90% of the youth are left leaning and as much as 75% of aussie adults do not like Trump.. and where do they get their ideas from?

    • The mainstream media is the propaganda arm and its enforced via education. Liberal Marxist SJ policies permeate it.

      • after coming home from the pub.. i’m unable to reconcile the fact that seemingly intelligent (older) adults are unable to grasp facts from fiction & also logically articulate what they are trying to say without trying to bully you. Maybe the deeper problem is a spiritual one?

        . . . the blond lady just squirms away after facts were laid down
        (that’s all good because she could have hit him with her signboard & accused him of harassment 🙂 )

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