President Trump ended almost a full year of uncertainty in the nation’s highest court by nominating Appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Tuesday night, a move conservative leaders have already begun praising.
During the nomination announcement, Trump described Gorsuch as “a man who our country really needs, and needs badly, to ensure the rule of law and the rule of justice.”
If confirmed, the Denver-based Judge Gorsuch would be the youngest Supreme Court Justice in history, at just 49 years old. Gorsuch himself said he was humbled by “this most solemn assignment.”
If confirmed, the Denver-based Judge Gorsuch would be the youngest Supreme Court Justice in history, at just 49 years old.
Citing Gorsuch’s “outstanding legal skills, brilliant mind and tremendous discipline,” Trump said Gorsuch has “earned bi-partisan support” thanks to his “extraordinary resume – as good a resume as it gets.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R – Wisc.) praised the decision as a signal that Trump “has fulfilled his pledge to nominate a judge who has a demonstrated loyalty to the Constitution and a strong commitment to life.”
It is unlikely, however, that Democrats will flock to Gorsuch any time soon. Given how staunchly the GOP blocked President Obama’s more left-leaning pick in Merrick Garland nearly a year ago, bitterness remains, with some senators citing “the ghost of Merrick Garland that’s still floating around.”
“Let’s make it clear: This is a different process now because of what they did last year,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D – Conn.) told reporters after the announcement. “They made the decision to politicize the Supreme Court process, and ultimately they’ll have to own that.”
The response from the Left is likely to be loud and highly publicized, as leading Democrats are now signaling their intention to use the Supreme Court nomination proceeding as a chance to hold a referendum on the president himself.
But there are reports that at least seven Democratic Senators are saying they will not filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. The list includes, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) that are up for reelection in next year’s midterm election.
Evan Smith is a Staff Writer for Opportunity Lives. You can follow him on Twitter @Evansmithreport.