It’s the Supreme Court Stupid!

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It's the Supreme Court Stupid!

If you asked Repub­li­cans the most impor­tant rea­son they voted for Don­ald Trump, a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber would answer the U.S. Supreme Court.

The nom­i­na­tion of Neil Gor­such is more impor­tant that Oba­macare, the wall or any­thing else. It is con­ceiv­able that Trump may appoint at least two other jus­tices dur­ing his tenure as Jus­tices Gins­burg and Kennedy are both in their 80s.

The Democ­rats have demon­strated their intol­er­ance for an excel­lent can­di­date for the court by a threat to fil­i­buster the nom­i­na­tion after mak­ing some of the most inane state­ments against Gorsuch’s record.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Har­ris, the ide­o­logue who took over from Cal­i­for­nia ide­o­logue Bar­bara Boxer, tweeted, “Judge Gor­such has con­sis­tently val­ued legalisms over real lives. I won’t sup­port his nom­i­na­tion.” That’s right! “Legalisms” – oth­er­wise known as the law – should be set aside to “real lives.”

Arguably the dumb­est ques­tion ever asked dur­ing a Supreme Court nom­i­na­tion hear­ing came from U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Min­nesota as she “probed” Gorsuch’s atti­tude toward originalism.

The ques­tion: “So when the Con­sti­tu­tion refers, like, 30-​some times to ‘his’ or ‘he’ when describ­ing the pres­i­dent of the United States, you would see that as, well back then, they thought a woman actu­ally could be pres­i­dent of the United States even though women couldn’t vote?”

The answer: “I’m not look­ing to take us back to quill pens and horses … Of course, women can be pres­i­dent of the United States. I’m the father of two daugh­ters. And I hope one of them turns out to be president.”

But the other sen­a­tor from up north, for­mer come­dian Al Franken, who has become a favorite of the Wash­ing­ton elite, got cited for two of the top five dumb ques­tions at the same hear­ing. See http://​www​.pow​er​lineblog​.com/​a​r​c​h​i​v​e​s​/​2017​/​03​/​f​i​v​e​-​d​u​m​b​e​s​t​-​q​u​e​s​t​i​o​n​s​-​t​o​-​g​o​r​s​u​c​h.php

In the tor­tured logic of the left, Gor­such, who most say is immi­nently qual­i­fied to serve on the court, must not be con­firmed because the Repub­li­cans did not con­sider Pres­i­dent Obama’s late-​term nom­i­nee. As Newsweek puts it: “Gor­such, unfor­tu­nately, must be sac­ri­ficed on the altar of obscene par­ti­san­ship erected by the Repub­li­cans in recent years.”

As a result of this logic, Sen­ate Major­ity Leader Charles “Chuckie” Schumer has threat­ened a filibuster.

Bring it on! That would force Repub­li­cans to dis­own the niceties of the Sen­ate and would make it eas­ier for future Trump nom­i­nees to the court get con­firmed. It’s time for the GOP to rec­og­nize that it can be its own worst enemy. Repub­li­cans would con­trol every branch of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to return the coun­try to some sense of sanity.

The Wall Street Jour­nal has pro­vided an excel­lent analy­sis on how good Gor­such would be and how pathetic his crit­ics are: https://​www​.wsj​.com/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​s​/​n​e​i​l​-​g​o​r​s​u​c​h​-​h​o​w​-​w​o​u​l​d​-​y​o​u​-​v​o​t​e​-​1490052137

Let’s not muck this one up!


Christo­pher Harper teaches media law.

If you asked Republicans the most important reason they voted for Donald Trump, a significant number would answer the U.S. Supreme Court.

The nomination of Neil Gorsuch is more important that Obamacare, the wall or anything else. It is conceivable that Trump may appoint at least two other justices during his tenure as Justices Ginsburg and Kennedy are both in their 80s.

The Democrats have demonstrated their intolerance for an excellent candidate for the court by a threat to filibuster the nomination after making some of the most inane statements against Gorsuch’s record.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, the ideologue who took over from California ideologue Barbara Boxer, tweeted, “Judge Gorsuch has consistently valued legalisms over real lives. I won’t support his nomination.” That’s right! “Legalisms”–otherwise known as the law–should be set aside to “real lives.”

Arguably the dumbest question ever asked during a Supreme Court nomination hearing came from U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota as she “probed” Gorsuch’s attitude toward originalism.

The question: “So when the Constitution refers, like, 30-some times to ‘his’ or ‘he’ when describing the president of the United States, you would see that as, well back then, they thought a woman actually could be president of the United States even though women couldn’t vote?”

The answer: “I’m not looking to take us back to quill pens and horses … Of course, women can be president of the United States. I’m the father of two daughters. And I hope one of them turns out to be president.”

But the other senator from up north, former comedian Al Franken, who has become a favorite of the Washington elite, got cited for two of the top five dumb questions at the same hearing. See http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/03/five-dumbest-questions-to-gorsuch.php

In the tortured logic of the left, Gorsuch, who most say is imminently qualified to serve on the court, must not be confirmed because the Republicans did not consider President Obama’s late-term nominee. As Newsweek puts it: “Gorsuch, unfortunately, must be sacrificed on the altar of obscene partisanship erected by the Republicans in recent years.”

As a result of this logic, Senate Majority Leader Charles “Chuckie” Schumer has threatened a filibuster.

Bring it on! That would force Republicans to disown the niceties of the Senate and would make it easier for future Trump nominees to the court get confirmed. It’s time for the GOP to recognize that it can be its own worst enemy. Republicans would control every branch of the federal government, making it possible to return the country to some sense of sanity.

The Wall Street Journal has provided an excellent analysis on how good Gorsuch would be and how pathetic his critics are: https://www.wsj.com/articles/neil-gorsuch-how-would-you-vote-1490052137

Let’s not muck this one up!


Christopher Harper teaches media law.