Okay, this post has been a long time coming. Neil Gorsuch, the nominee to fill Antonin Scalia’s spot on the Supreme Court. This one was less familiar to me. I needed to do some research. Naturally, you’d want to learn how he’s ruled in the past in order to predict the future. Okay, so, why would Trump pick this guy. Actually, it’s hard to tell. He’s more centrist. His manner is not extreme. He is, however, pretty much in line with or abstinent from Trump. That is to say he’s likely to either rule in favor of Trump or abstain altogether or even rule that it’s not up to the Supreme Court because the Office of the President has the power to make a certain decision and it’s not up to the Court.
I don’t think this post will be as much an attempt to be funny as have been others. Frankly, there’s not a lot of material for it. So let’s just get into it. On which cases has he ruled or abstained, how did he rule, and what does that mean for the next thirty and likely godforsaken years while he’s on the Supreme Court? Seriously, it’s not good. It’s not horrible, but it’s not good to have Gorsuch as the tiebreaker on a Court that’s currently 4-4 and has left-leaning Justices that will likely resign or pass away in the first 20% of those 30 years. So, he’s somewhat centrist, let’s say right of center, but that’s all it takes to create a 5-4 vote in favor of Republican values.
Here’s a quick rundown.