NPR: Senate Confirms Gorsuch To Supreme Court

Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed Friday as the 113th justice to serve on the nation’s highest court. In a largely party-line vote, Gorsuch received the support of 54 senators.

His path to confirmation was relatively short by modern standards — just 65 days. But it was accomplished with a historic vote Thursday to end the U.S. Senate’s filibuster rule for Supreme Court nominees.

Gorsuch takes the place of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative icon who died unexpectedly more than a year ago.

The new justice is also a conservative who adheres to many of the same positions that Scalia did. Indeed, some believe that Gorsuch will be more conservative.

From: NPR — Senate Confirms Gorsuch To Supreme Court, by Nina Totenberg.

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31 thoughts on “NPR: Senate Confirms Gorsuch To Supreme Court

  1. I listened to the hearings, farcical as they were. I didn’t hear Gorsuch utter anything that made me think he was unqualified to sit on that bench. Do I care for his politics? No, but that isn’t supposed to be a disqualifying criterion. Time will tell what kind of justice he’ll be: a surprise like Warren, or drones like Alito and Thomas.

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      • I believe the presumption is that he shows up qualified, and the hearings are supposed to ensure the President hasn’t sent someone supremely unqualified down.

        Truthfully, most nominees these days are already sitting federal judges, so they’ve all been before the Senate before. (Gorsuch got unanimous Senate approval for his appointment to the appellate court.)Their opinions and dissents, as well as public writings and speeches, are all public record. The hearings could probably be dispensed with altogether.

        Gorsuch was questioned for about 20 hours or so. He clerked for Byron White, and the story was told that his confirmation hearing took 90 minutes, which is probably about what it should take. Everyone knew the script for Gorsuch’s hearing: Dems trying to nail him down on abortion, and him declining to answer (respectfully, of course), and the Repubs telling him what a great guy he is, and the seat Scalia left for him would look right nice under his ass. The judiciary committee ought to be fired for stealing their paychecks.

        The dickish smugness was a prerequisite for filling Scalia’s seat.

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