President Trump has announced his nominee for the Supreme Court, the man who will ultimately succeed the great Antonin Scalia. He has chosen Neil Gorsuch, a justice who is capable of being another Scalia, which I fully expected of Trump. Here are my initial thoughts:
- Once again, the never Trumpers have been proven wrong. How many times did you hear conservatives who opposed Trump in the primaries, and even the presidential campaign, warn us that Trump would disappoint us on the Supreme Court, that he would appoint liberal judges? What say you now? Trump is making it increasingly difficult for legitimate conservatives to find fault.
- The reaction from the left was predicable and scripted. It’s the same set of arguments they drag out with every conservative nominee. Even before Trump gave us a name, Democrats were already voicing their opposition. And now that we have a name, we’re hearing the same trite warnings we’ve heard ever since President Reagan nominated Robert Bork. I knew what they were going to say before they said it. Gorsuch is going to set women’s rights back 50 years. Gorsuch is going to bring back Jim Crow. Gorsuch is going to force women into back-alley abortions (with wire coat-hangers as props.) The ever-reliable Nancy Pelosi went so far as to say Gorsuch opposes women’s health, as though he wouldn’t even take his wife to a doctor if she were ill. Nothing the Democrats say about Gorsuch is true. Not a word of it. Even though he was nominated for the Court of Appeals back in 2006 by George W. Bush and won unanimous approval — even from Democrats — he’s suddenly become a monster. His only sin is that he interprets the constitution strictly as it is written, which does not bode well for any of the left’s extra-constitutional bedrocks which might come his way, like Roe v. Wade. Make no mistake, the entirety of their opposition can be summed up with one word: abortion.
- The last three Republican presidents all nominated duds with their first Supreme Court nominees. Even the great Ronald Reagan gave us Sandra Day O’Connor (dud). Bush 41 gave us David Souter (dud). Bush 43 gave us John Roberts (dud). Granted, they later redeemed themselves with solid picks; Reagan gave us Scalia, Bush 41 gave us Clarence Thomas, and Bush 43 gave us Samuel Alito. But I’ll be darned if President Trump, less than two weeks into his presidency, didn’t hit a home run.