Trump Comes Through, Big League, on Supreme Court Promise

President Donald Trump fulfilled yet another one of his campaign promises on Tuesday when he nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. A conservative intellectual in the mold of the late, great Antonin Scalia, Gorsuch is exactly the kind of constitutional originalist we need on the nation’s highest court.

With this nomination, conservatives who feel conflicted about Trump’s presidency can breathe a sigh of relief. No matter what happens from here on out, the billionaire from New York City came through with his ultimate promise to conservative America.

“Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline, and he has earned bipartisan support,” Trump said at a White House ceremony. “It is an extraordinary resume – as good as it gets.”

Returning to the bipartisan theme later in his speech, Trump expressed a desire to see Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court as soon as possible.

“I only hope that both Democrats and Republicans can come together for once, for the good of the country,” Trump said.

Unfortunately, that may not be in the cards. Still frustrated over the Merrick Garland situation, senior Democrats have signaled that they will fight this nomination using every tool at their disposal, including the filibuster.

“Now, more than ever, we need a Supreme Court justice who is independent, eschews ideology, who will preserve our democracy, protect fundamental rights and will stand up to a president who has already shown a willingness to bend the Constitution,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

“The burden is on Judge Neil Gorsuch,” he continued, “to prove himself to be within the legal mainstream and, in this new era, willing to vigorously defend the Constitution from abuses of the executive branch and protect the constitutionally enshrined rights of all Americans.”

Republicans have downplayed the possibility of altering Senate procedural rules to force Gorsuch’s confirmation, but some – including Sen. Ted Cruz and the president himself – have said the party should use the so-called nuclear option if necessary. And with Democrats determined to play the role of obstructionists under this administration, it may indeed become necessary.

In accepting the nomination, Gorsuch said he had no use for the kind of judicial activism that has grown so common in America’s legal system.

“It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives,” he said. “A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge, stretching for results he prefers rather than those the law demands.”

There will never be another Scalia, but Trump found a worthy heir to his seat. Now it’s up to the GOP to seal the deal.