President Trump nominated Colorado federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court on Tuesday, opting in the most important decision of his young presidency for a highly credentialed favorite of the conservative legal establishment to fill the opening created last year by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Gorsuch, 49, prevailed over the other finalist, Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, also a federal appeals court judge, and Trump announced the nomination at a televised prime-time event at the White House.
Hopefully the Democrats will find a way keep this candidate from being appointed. President Obama was at the helm when Justice Scalia died. Obama was robbed of his Supreme Court appointment. He chose Merrick Garland, a highly qualified judge. Garland’s nomination was blocked. Republican senator leaders announced that they planned to hold no vote on any judge nominated by President Obama, who had nearly a year more in office. What was the justification? There was none that made any sense.
Turn about is fair play. I know nothing about Judge Gorsuch but the appointment should go to Merrick Garland. The Senate Republicans should have at least had the nads to vote no, rather than do nothing.