3/20/2017—Sunday brought a batch of stories about the politicization of the nomination process on the eve of hearings on Neil Gorsuch. The hypocrisy of this is amazing. However they felt personally, Chief Justice Roberts and the other Justices did nothing to try to force a vote on Merrick Garland and I don’t remember his calling the refusal an instance of politicization.
However Gorsuch is treated, the rejection of Garland without even a vote is the worst example of the politicization of the process.
By the way, I am not saying that there necessarily is something wrong with politicization. The real problem with Neil Gorsuch is that so-called originalism is not a method but is presented as one. I wish he would be asked about Skinner v Oklahoma or Loving v Virginia. Or procedural due process for that matter. Originalism is practiced only where conservatives want it practiced.
As for Gorsuch’s fitness, willingness to stand up to Trump? Sure. Willingness to stand up for justice? Not so much.
Monday, March 20, 2017
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