I'm pretty middle-of-the-road when it comes to politics and for both sides Gorsuch is the best possible pick. With the GOP controlling the Senate you know there will be a conservative judge and Gorsuch is rational, intelligent, and most importantly FAIR.
@fitzy45 they oppose him because he is conservative. It's tough, though because his record is spotless and he is clearly a thoughtful and fair judge. But yeah, since the seat pick WILL be conservative, he may be the best choice
@andersonisawriter So it's a case of take the best of the worst for Dems?
@jeffery95014 realistically I think yea, it is
Credentials? My understanding is that he will support the conservative agenda for let's say the next 50 years... How has it worked in the past?
He has no major spots on his record, yes. But it isn't his court performance, it's his belief systems. He is likely to vote against things like abortion, gay rights, euthanasia, etc.
That seat was President Obama's to fill, and the GOP held it hostage. One of the excuses they used to get around the fact that they were preventing the President from carrying out one of his constitutional duties was that the seat shouldn't be filled "during a campaign season."Well, Trump has already officially launched his re-election campaign, so if we're not supposed to fill Supreme Court vacancies during campaigns... Of course, no one should ever expect consistency from the GOP at this point. These people would throw their own grandmothers into a woodchipper if they thought they could get away with blaming Obama, Muslims, and/or transgender people for it.
Just asking the group here because I really don't know...has he heard any abortion/gay rights cases in the past? Has he stated where he stands on those issues?
@jeeep33 He answered numerous times under oath that Roe v. Wade and Lawrence v. Texas are decided case law. Stare decisis is a thing Dems seem to have trouble comprehending.
@citizenthom That is a very good point. However, stare decisis doesn't apply to the SCOTUS, only to lower courts.
@jeffery95014 Incorrect. Stare decisis is a key doctrine for the Supreme Court and it is preserved 99.9% of the time. Explicitly overturning a prior decision is an exceptionally rare event.
@citizenthom Proof please. I may have gotten this wrong.
@jeffery95014 A good read:http://www.scotusblog.com/2016/12/scotus-for-law-students-roe-v-wade-and-precedent/
@citizenthom Thank you.
Trump could have appointed a liberal judge and the Dems still would oppose the nomination simply because it's Trump's pick.
@jackson23 fine, still doesn't make it not true
The GOP did the exact same thing to Obama with Merrick Garland hipocracy much.
@jackson23 Yes and that wasn't valid either
@jackson23 still doesn't make it ok
@erica_binz55 Get use to it.