04/06/2017

Neil Gorsuch Deserves Confirmation

Sheila Liaugminas, Intellectual Takeout

Party politics, tactics and strategy have dominated everything in government and media. he is the model candidate for the Supreme Court as the next justice to fill the vacancy of Justice Antonin Scalia. His credentials are impeccable, his character and judicial temperament unassailable, his reputation among peers and law clerks sterling and remarkable.

His judicial record is outstanding, revealing that 97 percent of the 2,700 cases Gorsuch decided were decided unanimously. And he was in the majority 99% of the time.

He is a humble man, who aspires to be a ‘faithful and able lawyer’, as he revealed in word and behavior in his opening statement when last week’s Senate confirmation hearings began.

When newly inaugurated and much despised President Donald Trump named Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, countless assessment pieces appeared in news outlets quickly. This New York Times op-ed stood out among them, because it was swiftly and sincerely written and published by President Obama’s Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal on Why Liberals Should Back Neil Gorsuch.

About which my friend and radio guest Professor Chad Pecknold said this:

"It's important that we have sober voices in political life--whether conservative, liberal, independent, from any political party. Sobriety, decency and realism is what we should be looking for in the midst of all of our political hopes and fears right now.

Former President Obama's acting Solicitor General, Neil Katyal -- himself a liberal Democrat -- brings that sobriety in his New York Times endorsement of Neil Gorsuch who he calls a decent man who can restore our confidence in the rule of law. Liberals certainly will prefer a Democratic appointment, and will still feel the bruises of the Republican blockade to Garland's confirmation, nevertheless, they should back Gorsuch because they aren't going to get anyone more decent, honest, just and fair than Neil Gorsuch, who judges not according to his political preferences but according to the Constitution. That's high praise. Gorsuch said himself, if a judge rules according to his preferences, he's probably a bad judge. He holds himself to a standard external to his preference. That's what we should all want in a judge.

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