(NationalSentinel) When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly last summer, he departed as one of high court’s most brilliant constitutional originalists. Replacing him would not be easy in this era of hyper political partisanship.
But President Donald J. Trump is going to try, at least, as was made apparent when he announced his first SCOTUS nominee: Neil M. Gorsuch, whom some have dubbed “Scalia 2.0.”
At 49, Gorsuch is the youngest nominee to the Supreme Court in 25 years and, if confirmed, could serve on the high court for decades.
“When Justice Scalia passed away suddenly last February, I made a promise to the American people: If I were elected president, I would find the very best judge in the country for the Supreme Court,” Trump said in announcing his nominee Tuesday night.
“I promised to select someone who respects our laws and is representative of our Constitution and who loves our Constitution. And someone who will interpret [it] as written,” he continued. “This may be the most transparent judicial selection process in history,” he said, adding that he provided a list of candidates to the American people during his campaign and made a pledge to select an individual from that list.
“Millions of voters said this list was the single most important issue to them when they voted for me for president. I am a man of my word,” Trump said. “I will do as I say, something that the American people have been asking for from Washington for a very, very long time.”
Gorsuch has been a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit since 2006. He did not face any Senate opposition when he was nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bush. But this nomination will be different.
Democrats, who are taking the nearly unprecedented step of holding up as many of Trump’s Cabinet nominees as they can (though Republicans did not do the same to President Obama when he was first elected), pledged before Trump even made his pick to block the nominee, no matter who he or she was eventually going to be.
As we reported earlier, the GOP leadership in the Senate will have to go nuclear if they want constitutionalists on the Supreme Court once again.