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Black crowned night heron, Lindo Lake

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Scotus

I had a person go through an exhaustive list of my defects and deficiencies lately. Wow, I had no idea. In any case, I will be the first to admit that I am often wrong. And I might be wrong on this. But I think we could do a hell of a lot worse than Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Gorsuch is not Merrick Garland, nor can he ever be. That ship has sailed. If democrats play the same dishonest game on Gorsuch as the Republicans did with his predecessor, they will be engaged in a stupid game of tit for tat and little better than their opponents. Not a liberal, he is vehemently opposed to assisted suicide and that might be a clue as to his leanings on Roe. But he seems like the most intelligent and balanced of all of the president's appointee's by a long shot. With Trump, we could have easily had Michael Cohen or Judge Judy. And they did win the election, albeit with a little help from the Russians.

His explanations on the freezing trucker case and his work on Bush torture statutes seem believable to me. He is trying to faithfully interpret the law, albeit from a more conservative vantage than I personally favor. Bright and independent, I have a feeling that he might turn out to be a pretty good judge. The kind the conservatives rant about after a few years on the bench. If I was a liberal congressperson I would keep my powder dry and hold fire on this one. Could have been much, much worse. If he turns into Scalia 2.0, my bad.

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The House Republicans have to decide who they hate worse, the Senate Republicans or democrats.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

your scotus blog makes me want to puke....

Anonymous said...

Neal Katyal, the former acting solicitor general in the Obama administration formally introduced Gorsuch to the committee on Monday. Katyal previously wrote an op-ed for the New York Times in favor of Gorsuch's nomination.