Two years ago, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was by far THE most conservative justice on the US Supreme Court. When he dies suddenly, the conservative world lost the best friend they had on the court and they feared what position they would be left with upon any replacement that Obama or Trump would name. Conservatives need fear no longer since Neil Gorsuch was sworn in to high court.
The biggest story coming from the Supreme Court these days doesn’t concern the cases the court decided during its recently completed October 2016 term. The biggest story—and it’s one that will resound for decades—is that Neil Gorsuch has replaced the deceased Antonin Scalia as the panel’s ninth member, giving the court, once again, a solid 5-4 Republican majority. If he stays healthy, the 49-year-old Gorsuch could serve for another 30 years or more.
During the presidential election campaign, Trump listed 21 federal and state court judges as possible replacements for Scalia. The choices were recommended by conservative think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation. In a comprehensive study led by Mercer University law professor Jeremy Kidd, Gorsuch, then a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, was ranked second among the 21 in judicial qualities most resembling Scalia’s “originalist” approach to constitutional interpretation. Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee—the brother of Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah—garnered the top spot.
Gorsuch is the son of the late Anne Gorsuch Burford, who headed the Environmental Protection Agency from 1981-83 under President Reagan. Trump nominated Gorsuch to the high tribunal in a nationally televised White House ceremony on Jan. 31, making him the youngest nominee since Clarence Thomas, who was appointed to the court in 1991 at age 43. Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate in April on a vote of 54-45, after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., engineered a change in the upper chamber’s parliamentary procedures, deploying the “nuclear option” to crush a threatened Democratic filibuster and allow confirmation by a simple majority vote…
In the few short months since assuming his place on the highest court in the land, Neil Gorsuch has proven to be every bit as conservative as Scalia was, and possibly even more so on some issues. This has liberals whining, moaning and fearing what the future holds for many of the liberal issues passed by the court in the past and what lies ahead in the future. If anything happens to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, liberal will really be squirming.