(NationalSentinel) In this era of hyper-partisanship, any example of actual comity between the two major parties is newsworthy.
Tuesday night President Donald J. Trump named Neil Gorsuch, of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, as his first Supreme Court nominee, an pick widely praised by conservatives who view Gorsuch as the second coming of constitutional originalist and late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
For most Democrats, their heads are likely exploding – though Gorsuch faced no opposition in the Senate when George W. Bush nominated him in 2006. That’s because the Constitution is generally inconvenient to the Obstruction Party.
But one former official in the Obama administration sees the pick as a good one, as reported by the Washington Times:
A top legal adviser to former President Barack Obama gave a robust endorsement Wednesday for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, saying he has “a commitment to judicial independence.”
Neal Katyal, who served as acting solicitor general in the Obama administration, said Judge Gorsuch “brings a sense of fairness and decency to the job, and a temperament that suits the nation’s highest court.”
“I have no doubt that if confirmed, Judge Gorsuch would help to restore confidence in the rule of law,” Mr. Katyal wrote in a New York Times op-ed. “His years on the bench reveal a commitment to judicial independence — a record that should give the American people confidence that he will not compromise principle to favor the president who appointed him.”
Mr. Katyal, a law professor at Georgetown University, said he has observed Judge Gorsuch in court and worked with him on the Federal Appellate Rules Committee.
“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,” he said, calling the nominee “an extraordinary judge and man.”
This endorsement is not likely to sway many Senate Democrats to support Gorsuch, given that there is a growing sense that the majority Republican leadership will have to use the nuclear option to get any of Trump’s SCOTUS picks past planned opposition. But it’s good to see a colleague – even one with different political viewpoints – praise another on his merits rather than his political affiliation.
It’s a good omen for Gorsuch in an era where the Obstruction Party would rather see the country burn than do the right thing and help make it great again.