Judge Neil Gorsuch should be pleasantly surprised at the rousing support he has been receiving thus far. He has worked hard to stay above the political fray for most of his career, and now that careful attitude is paying off. After being announced as President Donald Trump’s first nominee for the Supreme Court, Gorsuch was treated to the a round of raucous support from conservatives and from tepid concerns from liberals.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said the Gorsuch pick was a “home run.”
“I Think Judge Gorsuch is a home run. He has a decade of proven experience on the court of appeals of being faithful to the Constitution, following the law, protecting the Bill of Rights and our fundamental liberties, and I think that record will yield a swift confirmation in the United States Senate.”
Even Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who has been a continual thorn in Donald Trump’s side was called the decision a “great choice,” and said that he was “mucho happy with this pick.”
Over at the New York Times, former Obama Solicitor General tells his fellow liberals that Neil Gorsuch is a fabulous pick for the Supreme Court.
I have no doubt that if confirmed, Judge Gorsuch would help to restore confidence in the rule of law. His years on the bench reveal a commitment to judicial independence — a record that should give the American people confidence that he will not compromise principle to favor the president who appointed him. Judge Gorsuch’s record suggests that he would follow in the tradition of Justice Elena Kagan, who voted against President Obama when she felt a part of the Affordable Care Act went too far. In particular, he has written opinions vigorously defending the paramount duty of the courts to say what the law is, without deferring to the executive branch’s interpretations of federal statutes, including our immigration laws.
The Denver Post’s Editorial Board concurs and believes that Gorsuch could help to restore the American people’s faith in the Supreme Court.
A justice who does his best to interpret the Constitution or statute and apply the law of the land without prejudice could go far to restore faith in the highest court of the land. That faith has wavered under the manufactured and false rhetoric from critics that the high court has become a corrupt body stacked with liberals. And while Democrats will surely be tempted to criticize the nomination of anyone Trump appoints, they’d be wise to take the high road and look at qualifications and legal consistency rather than political leanings.
Gorsuch, at 49, will have years to whittle away at that damaging lack of trust.
Even MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow couldn’t muster much opposition:
Hopefully this all bodes well for Judge Gorsuch and the coming fight to get him confirmed and seated on the Supreme Court.