March 22, 2017

I've been watching a lot of the Gorsuch hearings.

Don't have anything I want to say other than that it's going well for him and everything's under control, and — maybe this is a significant observation — he's successfully distancing himself from Trump. Trump's over there, the man who nominated him, but Gorsuch is his own man, thinking for himself (which means, for him, assiduously following the judicial method and not infusing his work with anything personal or political (but you should know he has DAUGHTERS! and a WIFE! and he's experienced END OF LIFE TRAUMA!)).

26 comments:

Big Mike said...

but Gorsuch is his own man

As he should be

Achilles said...

The hearings are also highlighting how infantile and stupid the average Democrat Senator is. Franken is a caricature. A walking cliche.

buwaya said...

Kabuki -
Actually this is unfair to Kabuki.
That can be fun actually.

Michael K said...

I thought he missed an opportunity with Feinstein when she was going on and on about the 1785 Constitution and how it was supposed to be "living."

He could have said, "There is a mechanism called Amendments and it has been used 25 times."

Maybe it would have made her look too stupid.

Big Mike said...

Maybe it would have made her look too stupid.

Too easy; no sport in that at all.

eric said...

Does it matter?

I predict he will get more no votes than any nominee in decades.

Because he is actually a judge, rather than a social justice warrior.

rcocean said...

I haven't been paying attention for 2 reasons. One, I've seen this clown show too many times. While every Democrat SCOTUS nominees is confirmed without a fuss (no matter how left-wing) every Republican goes through the same dog-and-pony show.

The Democrats sceech that he's a bigot, racist, homophobes, who "just doesn't care about pee-ple" and the Republicans claim he's an honest jurist who'll not "legislate from the bench".

And we Republican voters - who've been waiting for the Republican SCOTUS nominees to do just that - "abide by the original constitution" for 37 years don't know what we are going to get. They all sing the same song, but we've gotten Stevens, Souter, and Kennedy, who all whom were #fakeConservatives.

So what's the point of caring to these hearings. Its all "Sound and fury, signifying nothing"

mockturtle said...

So what's the point of caring to these hearings. Its all "Sound and fury, signifying nothing"

It's a chance for these Senators to grandstand. That is all it is.

Skeptical Voter said...

Weak sauce. That is what the Dims have.

Sebastian said...

"he's successfully distancing himself from Trump." My prediction: he'll be more Tony than Antonin. I hope I'm wrong.

James Smith said...

Franken is proof that Minn politics has gone downhill since Ventura.

William said...

He'll get through, but both parties are playing with stasis or maybe sepsis. I wonder what will happen at such time when the Dems control the Senate. Will they decline to vote for any Republican nominee and cite the Garland precedent? Will judges only be confirmed when one party has both the Senate and the Presidency?

traditionalguy said...

To be honest, Gorsuch has proclaimed over and over that HE is so important that HIS legal opinions do rule over the mere President with no doubt whatsoever .

I hope we enjoy a Judicial Rule. Because he plans one.

Jesus did say that a good Judge is God. But maybe that is too Hebrew a thought.

Lem said...

Tillerson said his wife told him taking the job was something he had to do.

3rdGradePB_GoodPerson said...

I don't care for the all caps writing style.

Presumably it's supposed to be some sorta mocking of the Ds thingy.


Anywho,


carry on.

James Pawlak said...

However, he failed to note that SCOTUS has reversed its decisions on a number of cases.

Mr. Majestyk said...

If only we had had Bork or Ginsburg or (my personal preference) Easterbrook instead of Kennedy. What a disaster that man has been. I can't imagine Gorsuch will be another Kennedy, but time will tell.

Gahrie said...

I wonder what will happen at such time when the Dems control the Senate. Will they decline to vote for any Republican nominee and cite the Garland precedent?

You haven't been paying attention...Garland was a reaction to a Democratic precedent. Your first clue should have been the fact that the tactic is called the Biden Rule.

Gahrie said...

There is a mechanism called Amendments and it has been used 25 times

27

eric said...

Blogger William said...
He'll get through, but both parties are playing with stasis or maybe sepsis. I wonder what will happen at such time when the Dems control the Senate. Will they decline to vote for any Republican nominee and cite the Garland precedent?


yes, they will, because the past repeats itself and this is what they've done in the past.

Kevin said...

"There is a mechanism called Amendments and it has been used 25 times."

They don't want to hear that. And they don't want to hear that if they draft a law with the utmost empathy and good intention it still might have unintended consequences.

No, the unintended consequences should be smoothed over by a "reasonable" and fullly-cooperating judiciary. That's how the co-equal branches of government are supposed to work in their minds. So too with the amendment thingy because it's really too hard to get all those people in all those states to agree on anything that better-minded people tell them they should.

Progressivism, as a social pyramid scheme, requires continuous progress without repercussion or it dies. It certainly can't have judges mucking up the works by telling the rubes they might have a point.

AllenS said...

There is a mechanism called Amendments and it has been used 25 times

Checking my --

Declaration of Independence
and the
Constitution
of the United States of America

I see Amendments XXVI AND XXVII. What am I missing here?

Birkel said...

Well, Amendments have been added 18 times to produce a total of 27 Amendments.

But 25 is wrong in any case, unless we are choosing to ignore the two that deal with Prohibition.

Michael K said...

"But 25 is wrong in any case, unless we are choosing to ignore the two that deal with Prohibition."

OK. I didn't use Google. Anyway, 18 and 21 cancelled each other.

Yancey Ward said...

I think Schumer has to filibuster, but it is likely that a number of Democrats have been privately given permission to vote for cloture when the time comes, then vote against the appointment. I expect the vote to be 53-47, with Manchin the only Democrat vote for confirmation.

itzik basman said...

I was hoping for your excellent live bloggging of some part of these hearings, Oh well, you can't always get what you want. Maybe the next one or some other thumb.