Dems Are in a Supreme Mess of Their Own Making
Most of them unanimously approved of Gorsuch once upon a time.
Exactly one year ago today, on February 13, 2016, one of America’s most noted jurists died, leaving a gaping hole on the U.S. Supreme Court. Associate Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia concluded his almost three-decade tenure of distinction that began in 1986. Known for his wit but also his enduring originalist constitutional approach from our land’s highest court, Justice Scalia left his legacy on the Court, just as President Ronald Reagan would’ve surmised.
But, on this February 13, the nomination to fill this prestigious position previously held by the conservative anchor of the Court is rife with rancor of Washington politics. The stench filling the nostrils of the American public comes directly from the hypocritical rot on the Left.
Remember, this was the crowd screeching that the results of the November 8th election must be accepted as they anticipated the coronation of their propped-up candidate, Hillary Clinton. Yet the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s cabinet is happening at a slower pace than other presidents’ first terms. According to the Washington Free Beacon, “Not since President George Washington’s initial formation of a cabinet in 1789 has an American president’s cabinet picks been approved as slowly as the Senate is approving President Donald Trump’s nominees.”
Why? The Left’s Cupcake Nation not only refuses to accept the election, they are rejecting the voice of the American public daily by delaying and obstructing Trump’s cabinet nominees. This includes tactics such as a boycott of a Senate hearing and the political theatrics of rhetoric that include references to Hitler, fascism and the declaration that the end of our Republic has arrived.
Likely to be one of the grandest of their hypocrisies is the confirmation process of Judge Neil Gorsuch, currently serving on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and nominated to replace Scalia on the Supreme Court. Eleven years ago, Gorsuch was unanimously approved by the Senate. The 109th Congress was comprised of a Senate with 45 Democrats who all supported Gorsuch.
Want to guess who cast their votes of support for Judge Gorsuch? While not serving today, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were members of the Democrat minority in the Senate along with former Secretary of State John Kerry, former VP Joe Biden and that all-time favorite, Dirty Harry Reid of Nevada. Still serving in today’s 115th Congress: Senators Chuck Schumer, Patty Murray, Patrick Leahy, Diane Feinstein and Ron Wyden, just to name a few who found Gorsuch to be a competent jurist with integrity to adjudicate fairly.
Democrats’ fount of fit-pitching bullying and tantrums may run dry regarding Gorsuch. Senate Democrats are fundraising off the fearmongering from the confirmations of Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in particular. But even so, how would they justify a complete flip of position in order to reject a man they once approved? How does Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in his opposition now declare the need of the filibuster-proof 60 votes — as if it will be a high hurdle — to move the very man he once supported without reservation or comment?
Last week, Schumer, “The burden is on Judge Neil Gorsuch to prove himself to be within the legal mainstream and, in this new era, willing to vigorously defend the Constitution from abuses of the executive branch and protect the constitutionally enshrined rights of all Americans” [emphasis added].
And in what new era do we live? Following the executive activism of Barack Obama and his unelected bureaucracy, which created unprecedented new rules and regulations, and the judicial activists who joined the Obama Social Justice™ Department in legislating new law and refusing to enforce existing laws, Schumer and his clown car occupants would prefer judicial despots willing to comply with rewriting the Constitution.
But the Constitution has not changed.
Additionally for Democrats are Gorsuch’s impromptu remarks defending the judiciary from Trump’s Twitter takedown of the Ninth Circus. It’s clear: Senate Democrats risk further damage to their already questionable reputation as it relates to Rule of Law and ability to lead. Further, as other vacancies on the Court appear more likely than not during the Trump-Pence administration, such as the octogenarian Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the faux firestorm of protests now with Gorsuch, whose credentials are heralded as fair-minded and non-ideological by all partisans, will exhaust the flames of their grievances and struggles against other Trump nominees.
There is a group of Senate Democrats who have declared that Judge Neil Gorsuch deserves an up or down vote versus a filibuster. Ironically, but not surprisingly, they hail mostly from Red States and will find their names on the ballot in November 2018. Funny how election cycles play into one’s rhetoric and votes.
Trump was carried into office based on key issues relating to the Supreme Court’s composition for years to come, illegal immigration and dealing with radical Islamic terrorism.
The nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch is the fulfillment of one of Trump’s critical campaign pledges and his likely approval to the Supreme Court will resonate for years to come. Democrats’ next moves will either cater to the angry protesters of the far Left or logically save the fight for another day and a subsequent vacancy.
We’ll soon see if logic continues to be anathema for Democrats.