Democrats appeared pitiful this morning with their futile attempt to nail Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. They repeatedly asked him for his "opinion" about hot button issues so they could identify him as being on the wrong side, as defined by progressives, of cultural, political and other issues. Or as some kind of handmaiden of President Donald Trump.
As he should, Gorsuch could not and would not answer the loaded questions. It's not about his opinion he said, but his job is to follow the law. He does not make law. As far as disagreeing with Trump, Gorsuch repeatedly said that "no man is above the law." A judge's duty is to "apply the law, not to write the law."
Especially pitiable was Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) who had to shuffle through his staff-provided papers to find the next question that the progressives would hang an opinion on Gorsuch that they would be able to condemn.
Sen Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) leveled a brilliant response to his "Democratic colleagues" when he reminded them of previous statements by the likes of Joe Bidden, as the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, that a judge should not state his opinions regarding cases that might come before him, that "following the law" was the highest obligation. That was the same position that Graham said he took when he voted to approve liberal Supreme Court nominees Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
As former President Barack Obama said, elections have consequences.
I am reminded of how Democrats bitched about George H. W. Bush's nomination of David Souter to the high court because he didn't have "enough of a record" on those issues that were so important to them. They just assumed that because Bush appointed him he would be a conservative who would, for example, overturn Roe v. Wade decision that authorized abortion on demand (with the companion case of Doe v. Bolton). Turned out that not only didn't Souter do the unthinkable by trying to overthrow Roe but he often ended out on the liberal side.
Gorsuch so far has shown himself to be thoughtful, studied, independent, smart and independent.
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