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This Is Why Gorsuch Was Important

By having the Supreme Court overturn a few lower court mis-rulings Sessions will provide incentive to them to rule according to law and the Constitution rather than politics.

“Sessions to take travel ban fight to Supreme Court”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will petition the Supreme Court to review the legality of President Trump’s travel ban.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday to keep the block of Trump’s travel ban, enacted via a second executive order. Sessions said the second executive order is “well within [Trump’s] lawful authority” to keep the country safe.

“The Department of Justice strongly disagrees with the decision of the divided court, which blocks the president’s efforts to strengthen this country’s national security,” Sessions said in a statement reacting to the appeals court’s ruling.”

More at the Washington Examiner


Gorsuch Confirmed


Gorsuch to be confirmed today following use of nuclear option

The Democrats promise to filibuster and the Republicans say they will nuke it.

The Senate is on the verge of a major rules change sparked by Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice, as Republicans and Democrats barrel toward a partisan showdown on the Senate floor over the future of the filibuster.

The first procedural vote on Judge Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court, is expected Thursday morning—a vote where the GOP is expected to fall short. As a result, Senate Republicans are expected to use a procedural motion that would eliminate the filibuster for this and future Supreme Court nominations—expanding on changes that Democrats initiated in 2013.

“Judge Gorsuch will be confirmed to the Supreme Court this week. It is unfortunate that we may have [to] break longstanding precedent to do so, but Senate Democrats’ actions are to blame for that,” said Sen. John Boozman, an Arkansas Republican.

My preference would be that they return the filibuster to what it was: Non stop talking on the floor of the Senate. The problem with the filibuster today is that it is effortless. It is all gain and no pain. Bring back the cost and see if it can be maintained.

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) To Support Neil Gorsuch

For extra fun, take a read of the impotent responses written by salty Democrats. 🙂

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CNN Sides Against Gorsuch

In an article at CNN titled, “Democrats are powerless to block Neil Gorsuch — but they still have a decision to make”, writer Gregory Kreig takes the Democrat’s side. I guess that is not surprising. Every writer and commentator there has adopted the position that anything and anyone proposed by President Trump must be opposed. Kreig, however, is realistic enough to understand that Democrats will be unable to halt just about anything because they lost so many seats in the election and have become a small minority party. He also bemoans the fact that Democrats designed and implemented the so-called ‘Nuclear Option’ under Harry Reid, leaving it as a tool for the new Republican majority.

By using the so-called “nuclear option,” the GOP can eliminate the filibuster and allow Gorsuch to be confirmed with 51 votes. And while there is some anxiety in the ranks about what would be a permanent overhaul to Senate procedure, the nominee’s popularity with Republicans of almost all stripes and factions will make it that much more tempting. President Donald Trump, for one, has publicly encouraged McConnell to “go for it.”

So what is a Democrat to do?
Progressive groups and other outside interest organizations are clear on the question. Resist. That’s where the action is on the left right now and they are demanding Democratic senators do everything in their power to oppose Gorsuch.


For Democrats, the upside in going to the wall to block Gorsuch is more concrete. In the short term, it could galvanize a fractured and dispirited base. Taking a longer and more speculative view, effectively pushing Republicans to the change rules now would also provide a future Democratic majority and president a smoother path to confirming their own pick.”

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Judge Neil Gorsuch: In His Own Words

Judges should… strive (if humanly and so imperfectly) to apply the law as it is, focusing backward, not forward, and looking to text, structure, and history to decide what a reasonable reader at the time of the events in question would have understood the law to be — not to decide cases based on their own moral convictions or the policy consequences they believe might serve society best.”

“Judges should be in the business of declaring what the law is using the traditional tools of interpretation, rather than pronouncing the law as they might wish it to be in light of their own political views.”

“Throughout my decade on the bench, I have watched my colleagues strive day in and day out to do just as Socrates said we should — to hear courteously, answer wisely, consider soberly, and decide impartially.”

Judges should “regularly issue judgments with which they disagree as a matter of policy — all because they think that’s what the law fairly demands.”

“Though the critics are loud and the temptations to join them may be many, mark me down too as a believer that the traditional account of the judicial role Justice Scalia defended will endure.”


SCOTUS Justice Neil M. Gorsuch?

This guy sounds solid on the original interpretation of the Constitution and that is literally the ONLY THING THAT MATTERS.

Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, a highly regarded conservative jurist best known for upholding religious liberty rights in the legal battles over Obamacare, has emerged as a leading contender for President Trump’s first Supreme Court nomination.

Gorsuch, 49, was among 21 potential high court candidates circulated by Trump’s team during the campaign, but his stock has been rising lately as several admirers and supporters have been named to positions in the Trump administration.

He currently serves on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. A former clerk for Justice Byron White, also a Colorado native, and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, he served in the George W. Bush administration’s Justice Department.

In Gorsuch, supporters see a jurist who has strong academic credentials, a gift for clear writing and a devotion to deciding cases based on the original meaning of the Constitution and the text of statutes, as did the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

I’d be happy with Justice Don Willett of the Texas Supreme Court, too.



A little Reality Check from a Progressive friend…

If Kennedy retires, and Trump replaces him with someone from the same right wing Think Tank nominee list that contained Gorsuch, the tug of war would finally have been won by one side. And due to the ages of Ginsberg and Breyer, they will probably waive the white flag and surrender their seats since they will be rendered politically impotent anyway.

The public knows more names of Kardashians than they can name Judges on the Supreme Court, and although they know of the name of some cases, they are generally clueless of the major impact that the Supreme Court has on our lives. Other than the power to launch a nuclear war, the President has no other power as important as appointing a Judge to the Supreme Court…

The Supreme Court shapes the soul of our country. And the right wing would have finally won – a complete and total victory. And it will be a lasting victory for at least the rest of my lifetime.

Who could have seen any of this Four Years ago or even less than that? I can tell you for a fact that the person who wrote those words didn’t see any of this even 10 Months ago. In his mind and in the minds of Millions like him, none of this should be happening.

I am certainly thankful that it is happening. It can get as ugly as it wants to get in all manner of daily news topics but this is exactly why it is the way it is. All efforts are being put forth to defeat this President because of the impact he will have on the Supreme Court.

Thus far this President has proven that he will make the correct pick for the Supreme Court. I’m so glad that it’s him and not her. Try to imagine how your outlook for the future of this Country would be different right now if President Hillary Clinton had been elected to pick 4 Supreme Court Justices.

The Progressive world is in a Panic right now.

I’m glad it’s them and not us. That sentiment has nothing to do with Tribalism or Yay Teamism.


While We Were Distracted By Congressional Testimony…

“Trump nominates new slate of federal judges”

President Trump announced a new round of 11 judicial nominations Wednesday, including three nominees for high-profile federal appeals courts.

One of the nominees, Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison H. Eid, is being tapped by the president to fill a vacancy on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals created when Justice Neil M. Gorsuch was confirmed for the Supreme Court in April.

Judge Eid was on Mr. Trump’s list of conservative potential Supreme Court nominees that he presented to voters during the presidential campaign last year. She has served on Colorado’s high court since 2006, and previously was the state’s solicitor general.”

More at the Washington Times

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Harry Reid Set Up A Long String Of Wins For Republicans.

The stranglehold he had over the US Senate was something to watch. He withheld bills and budgets from being considered on the Senate floor. As a result he alienated voters who, tired of the shifty machinations of Reid, Obama, and Jarrett, threw the bums out in 2010, 2014, and 2016.

One of Reid’s biggest legacies was his misuse – but establishment – of the ‘Nuclear Option’. He found a way to change the rules of the Senate so he could pass something he wanted with a simple majority rather than the 60% majority the rules called for. He cheated when he did it but he got what he wanted.

Now he knows the total price of his action. Republicans are in control of both the House and the Senate and we have a Republican President. He is still in the first quarter of the first year of his Presidency. Freedom Works notes:

“Gorsuch Confirmation: This Will Work Next Time Too”

FreedomWorks president Adam Brandon made the following statement following the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch: “In a rare moment of courage and commitment to a conservative cause, the Senate has won a victory that will help preserve the Constitution, probably for decades to come.”

Yep. Old Harry was rather short-sighted. He got his victory but Democrats will lose more than his scheme gained.


Washington Pos Warns Chuck Schumer

“The Senate is on the brink of a historic mistake”

Judge Neil Gorsuch testifies on Capitol Hill. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

Democrats are preparing to filibuster a well-qualified judge, marking the first time a partisan filibuster has been mounted against a high court nominee. In response, Republicans are preparing to change the rules and eliminate the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees, ending the minority party’s ability to demand meaningful consultation on presidential appointments to any major office (since Democrats, when they were in the majority, had already abolished the filibuster for other nominations). The Senate’s 52 Republicans cannot overcome a filibuster of Mr. Gorsuch without the help of eight Democrats. But they can permanently change Senate rules by simple majority vote.

“We’re headed to a world where you don’t need one person from the other side to pick a judge,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said. “The judges are going to be more ideological, not less.”

Read the rest at the Washington Pos’ Opinion page

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Professor Jacobson Is Optimistic

Optimism is a good thing. It is dangerous to become optimistic when dealing with politicians, though. They will always disappoint you.

“Dems forcing the Nuclear Option would unite the Republican Party”

Please Chuck Schumer, make us do it.

It’s civil war again in the Republican Party.

So what we need is something to unite around, something that is a clear victory.

And Chuck Schumer is just the guy to give it to us. He’s been blustering for a filibuster of Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch is so clearly qualified, so clearly should be approved, so clearly a intellectual giant compared to Sotomayor and Kagan, who sailed through, that Republicans have been making clear we are ready to go Nuclear Option.”

From the Professor’s Blog, Legal Insurrection

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More Evidence That Progressivism Is A Mental Disorder

Harris is a US Senator. She has Barbara Boxer’s seat. She was California’s Attorney General which explains a lot about that state.



The stakes don’t get any higher. Some argue that if a nominee has a stellar legal resume, he or she is qualified to sit on the bench and our job is done. I disagree. As U.S. senators, we have an obligation to also examine a nominee’s legal approach and ask whether he or she considers the impact of those decisions on our society and the daily lives of our people.”

More on Harris’ foolishness here

And at the San Francisco Chronicle


In Case You Didn’t Know, Elections Have Consequences

The National Rifle Association is dedicated to defending the rights of individual Americans, especially with regard to the Second Amendment. We members are proud of the work they do and we believe that our Association has all the rights to political opinions that leftist groups enjoy. We are thankful that the NRA’s political arm, the Institute For Legislative Action, has become active in national politics. Leftists hate them – and us – because the NRA supports individual rights over the power of the state.

“NRA to Campaign Against Red State Democrats who Oppose Gorsuch”

The Washington Examiner quoted a letter from NRA-ILA executive director Chris Cox, in which he wrote, “The NRA has every confidence that Judge Gorsuch will protect the Second Amendment rights of law abiding gun owners and will faithfully apply the Constitution in the cases that come before him. He has our strongest support for confirmation.”

Cox added, “Because of the importance of this issue to NRA members and gun owners throughout the country, votes on his confirmation will be considered in future candidate evaluations and we will notify our members accordingly.”

The New York Times shows that Senators Baldwin, Brown, Donnelly, Heitkamp, McCaskill, Nelson, and Tester already voted against the confirmation of pro-Second Amendment Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Those votes, plus any votes against Gorsuch, could only be expected to unleash the NRA’s unfettered campaigning power against the Red State Democrats.”

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Senator Schumer Commits Political Suicide And Takes Democrats With Him

Newly elected President Donald Trump selected Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat on the US Supreme Court. Everyone, including many Democrats, agrees that Gorsuch is an impeccable candidate for the bench.

From Wolf Blitzer: “I think he did a great job this morning. I think the Democrats have done a pretty poor job, but I think the reason they have done a poor job is there’s not a lot to beat this man up on.”

From John King: “The democrats have not even bruised, blemished anything to this judge so far.”

From MSNBC’s Ari Melber: “I didn’t see a single glove laid on him. He performed himself admirably.”

From CNN’s Gloria Borger: “Judge Gorsuch is completely qualified and everybody knows it. He is totally and completely qualified and he’s exactly the kind of a nominee you would expect from a Republican, period. This is what elections are about.”

From here

Senator Schumer, however, has decided to oppose him. His arguments are weak and based entirely on politics. Everyone knows it, too. Schumer has raised his opposition to a ridiculous level. Gorsuch will be confirmed and he, Schumer, will be made a fool. Even the Washington Pos admits that Democrats who follow Scumer’s lead and oppose Gorsuch will be fighting for their political lives.

Several Democrats, especially those facing upcoming reelection battles in states that Trump won, are facing opposition from conservative organizations bankrolling a multimillion-dollar ad campaign designed to bolster Gorsuch.

There are also competing views among Democrats about whether to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination — which could provoke the Republican majority to rewrite the rules — or instead avoid confrontation and preserve the filibuster threat for the future. Retaining the filibuster could force Trump to select a relatively moderate nominee if in the coming years he gets a chance to replace a second Supreme Court justice.”

Schumer is playing the same game that got Democrats minority status after voters rejected them in the 2010, 2014, and 2016 elections. The people know he does not have the future of the country at heart. Rather, he is playing political games in the hope of short-term political gains. This is the game Harry Reid played when he ran the Senate and invoked the ‘Nuclear Option’ to halt Republican filibuster. Now The Republicans in the Senate have that and can use it against a Democrat filibuster.

Democrats have caused their own demise and Schumer is embracing the foolishness.


Democrats Don’t Care About What’s Best For The Country…

… Nor do they care about what is best for the people. They are the party of division and hate. They are willing to destroy the United States for a short-term gain. They are desperate because we the people have turned our collective back on them and their foolish claims and their illegal actions. They are angry at the people because they lost the 2016 election so badly as well as 2010 and 2014. They are doing destructive things instead of doing what is best for the future and the people. They are digging their grave ever deeper.

They are unable to block the new President’s nominee for the Supreme Court because they don’t have the votes. Instead they are cynically trying to destroy a good man. If they succeed in getting the Judge to reply to their demands he will be destroyed by a Democrat-complicit media. From all accounts he is too good a man to have treatment like that.

“Democrats hope to corner Gorsuch in confirmation battle”

Judge Neil Gorsuch

Senate Democrats hope to force Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch into revealing his opinions on abortion rights and the legality of President Trump’s travel ban during confirmation hearings that begin Monday.

Supreme Court nominees are usually circumspect when asked to share their views on issues that could one day make their way to the court, a standard that Gorsuch’s defenders say was set by liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during her confirmation hearing in 1993.

But Democrats argue that Gorsuch’s nomination is different given Trump’s repeated attacks on judges.

“I think he has an obligation to show unequivocally and emphatically his support for an independent judiciary and his own independence from Donald Trump,” Sen. Dick Blumenthal, D-Conn., told Yahoo News.


Democrats, including Blumenthal and Schumer, have threatened to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination if they decide he is outside of the “mainstream,” but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he would have no problem changing the chamber’s rules to let Gorsuch pass through on just 50 votes.”

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Cato: “ObamaCare-Lite — Or Worse”

Unlike the president, the Cato Institute does not think it is a wonderful bill.

This bill is a train wreck waiting to happen.

The House leadership bill isn’t even a repeal bill. Not by a long shot. It would repeal far less of ObamaCare than the bill Republicans sent to President Obama one year ago. The ObamaCare regulations it retains are already causing insurance markets to collapse. It would allow that collapse to continue, and even accelerate the collapse. Republicans would then own whatever damage ObamaCare causes, such as when the law leaves seriously ill patients with no coverage at all. Congress would have to revisit ObamaCare again and again to address problems they failed to fix the first time around. ObamaCare would consume the rest of Congress’ and President Trump’s agenda. Delaying or dooming other priorities like tax reform, infrastructure spending, and Gorsuch. The fallout could dog Republicans all the way into 2018 and 2020, when it could lead to a Democratic wave election like the one we saw in 2008. Only then, Democrats won’t have ObamaCare on their mind but single-payer.

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Maybe they won’t have to use the nuclear option…

Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Perhaps the Democrats won’t fight the nomination of Neil Gorsuch and the GOP will not need to go nuclear.

New York Times: Why Liberals Should Back Neil Gorsuch

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.

The nomination comes at a fraught moment. The new administration’s executive actions on immigration have led to chaos everywhere from the nation’s airports to the Department of Justice. They have raised justified concern about whether the new administration will follow the law. More than ever, public confidence in our system of government depends on the impartiality and independence of the courts.

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.”

The Cato Institute approves as well…

Neil Gorsuch is probably the most like Scalia. He has a well thought out conception of constitutional interpretation and the way that structure protects liberty. He’s most known for his opinions supporting religious liberty and pushing back on the administrative state.

And Ted Cruz…