In Fort Lauderdale this morning, the headline in the Sun-Sentinel regarding President Trump’s nomination for Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court Justice was “Trump nominates conservative judge” which certainly is the fact, but given the liberal bias of the paper, one can’t help but think it was meant as a slam.
We don’t have to remind you that the New York Times also has just a teensy bit liberal bias as well, and has often received the president’s ire for its slanted reporting.
Of course liberals exploded into a (pre-planned) uproar last night after President Trump announced he was nominating 49-year-old Tenth Circuit Judge Gorsuch for the open spot on the Supreme Court.
Today, not surprisingly, the New York Times posted an op-ed by Neal K. Katyal, an acting solicitor general in the Obama administration. You bet you can guess the content, right?
Wrong!This was the headline: Why Liberals Should Back Neil Gorsuch
Seriously, and it wasn’t meant in jest. Take a read…I am hard-pressed to think of one thing President Trump has done right in the last 11 days since his inauguration. Until Tuesday, when he nominated an extraordinary judge and man, Neil Gorsuch, to be a justice on the Supreme Court.
There is a very difficult question about whether there should be a vote on President Trump’s nominee at all, given the Republican Senate’s history-breaking record of obstruction on Judge Merrick B. Garland — perhaps the most qualified nominee ever for the high court. But if the Senate is to confirm anyone, Judge Gorsuch, who sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver, should be at the top of the list.
I believe this, even though we come from different sides of the political spectrum. I was an acting solicitor general for President Barack Obama; Judge Gorsuch has strong conservative bona fides and was appointed to the 10th Circuit by President George W. Bush. But I have seen him up close and in action, both in court and on the Federal Appellate Rules Committee (where both of us serve); he brings a sense of fairness and decency to the job, and a temperament that suits the nation’s highest court.
Right about now, the public could use some reassurance that no matter how chaotic our politics become, the members of the Supreme Court will uphold the oath they must take: to “administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich.” I am confident Neil Gorsuch will live up to that promise.
It’s understandable if you need a moment to pick your jaw back up from the ground. Let’s hope Chuck Schumer and his merry band get the message. Because we surely can’t have four years of this nonsense.
Perhaps liberals are beginning to wake up and smell the coffee (as long as it didn’t come from Starbucks).
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]