I noted, not breathlessly but none-the-less noted, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) remark that he had “serious, serious concerns” about Judge Neil Gorsuch who has been nominated by President Trump for the U.S. Supreme Court. Schumer said that Judge Gorsuch “avoided questions like the plague”.
First, serious concerns on the part of Sen. Schumer ought to be sufficient for rapid, near unanimous approval of the Judge to move up to the Supreme Court of the United States in a rational society. Among the things Schumer claimed was that Judge Gorsuch deflected his questions about various issues that well may be facing the Court in the not-too-distant future. Does that not make sense? Is a prospective member of the highest court in the land supposed to run off at the mouth like a mere U.S. Senator about all sorts of issues some or all of which might find their way to the U.S. Supreme Court?
Judge Gorsuch has a record that tells anyone who is interested what they ought to expect from him. That quite frankly is why he is where he is. The American people placed President Trump in the position he said he’d welcome in order to be able to make ‘conservative’ appointments. He is, so far, living up to his end of that bargain and appears likely to be solidly conservative.
Had the Judge done what Sen. Schumer asked of him, Schumer then would’ve cited the ‘loose lips sink ships’ line from WWII to lay claim to Gorsuch not being suitable for the Court in addition to saying that the Judge simply was not qualified. This was a classic “no win” situation for the Judge who apparently angered the Senator for not being dumb enough to fall for his gimmick questions.
Among the questions was whether the Judge thought a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. “could, in concept, be constitutional” which Judge Gorsuch apparently dodged as well. That is akin to handing the blindfolded prisoner a gun so he could execute himself and then professing to be angry that the prisoner didn’t pull the trigger.
The Democrats are in the midst of an experience about which they could’ve only had nightmares. There simply is no good way to play the games now, and they show they are still using the same tired old approaches to denigrating appointees.
It has not been easy for Democrats in this new “President Donald J. Trump” political world in Washington, D.C. They hoped to awaken only to find they had experienced a horrible nightmare, but that isn’t happening. This is the real new world for Democrats.
Eventually, the Democrats will continue to find themselves still in the minority in spite of their games since that is what the voters told us they wanted. The U.S. Supreme Court is very likely to be tilted in favor of conservative arguments. The Democrats will complain over and over again to no avail. The only winning for the Dems will be in the form of campaign contributions from like-minded liberals for whom this will also be a catastrophic occurrence.
President Trump does not appear to be anywhere near getting together with the Democratic leaders over a couple of cocktails to make deals contrary to what the voters have indicated they want to see being made. So far, he has been a man of his word. He is shaking up the status quo. He is moving quickly and decisively. He has surrounded himself with solid conservatives.
So, the effect of this mini-tirade is quite simple. Judge Neil Gorsuch is what we thought he was and we’re very pleased with that lesson learned. President Donald J. Trump is what we thought he was and we’re very pleased with that lesson learned.
We sense that the Republicans are not going to be shy about their use of political power, and we sense they’ll not come under pressure to buckle from the President. So far, so good.