REPORT: Scalia Clone Neil Gorsuch Emerges As Leading SCOTUS Contender, Nomination Likely Next Week

ABC News reports:

ABC News has learned that Judge Neil Gorsuch has emerged as the leading contender to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and his nomination is expected as early as next week, according to sources familiar with the selection process.

Gorsuch, 49, is currently a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, to which he was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2006 and confirmed by voice vote. He would be the youngest Supreme Court nominee in about 25 years.

Gorsuch clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then for Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. He attended Harvard Law, and has a Ph.D. from Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar. In legal circles, he’s considered a gifted writer. Like Scalia, he’s also both a textualist and an originalist.

SCOTUSblog has posted a lengthy examination of Gorsuch’s positions that is worth your time. Basically, he’s all about so-called “religious liberty.”

  • Michael R

    Hillary takes a deep breath preparing for the Trump inauguration

    https://s27.postimg.org/h7hjbeej7/hillary_deep_breath_CROP_GIF.gif

    • Todd20036

      It should have been her. Fuck, it should have been her.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      If we ever have another presidency…….

      • lymis

        Won’t be Hillary. Should be, but won’t.
        Maybe Elizabeth Warren will be ready.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          hillary is deceased

  • bkmn

    We are screwed on SCOTUS and for that I blame the media and every sitting Dem who did not make the obstruction an issue on a daily basis.

    • another_steve

      Under current Senate rules, can’t the Democrats still filibuster a SCOTUS nomination?

      • Ernest Endevor

        Yes. And they will.

        • paganguy

          Assuming they’ve found their spines.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Hah! Good luck with that. Some are already saying how they’ll “work with Trump for the good of the nation” …you know… like Republicans worked with Obama.

          • Chucktech

            No, UNlike Republicans worked with Obama.

          • Joseph Miceli

            That’s what I said.
            You know how snarky I am.

          • Frostbite

            HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA. Thanks. I needed that.

          • another_steve

            Well this is the Big Kahuna. The Supreme Court is what it’s all about. The Supreme Court is why the theofascists supported the sexual predator pussy-grabber during the campaign.

            If Chuck Schumer doesn’t coordinate a filibuster of any and all theofascist nominees to the Court, he’ll need to be evicted from his office.

          • tristram

            If Dems filibuster, the Republicans will nuke the filibuster. That is entirely within their power, and there’s no reason to think they won’t do it.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Then let them. Let them nuke it. Why is it there if you are not going to use it? Are the Dems saving it for something more important? What could that be? Trump won’t wait for Congress to approve before pushing the red button and that’s the only other thing more devastating to the nation than giving the court back to the conservatives. Let the Repugs nuke it so we can declare all out legislative war. I’m tired of Dems being apeasnik wimps.

          • John30013

            As I understand it, they can only “nuke” the filibuster at the start of the Senate term, when they vote on the rules they’ll follow for that term. Once set, they can’t be changed (at least not by a simple majority). So I think it’s safe for this year.

          • bill weber

            Liberals never make Dems pay a price. Never.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Yes. Not even fucking Joe Lieberman who I was disappointed to see is still alive.
            Make them pay. It is past time.

          • tristram

            They just did – they stayed home and elected Trump. Or they voted and there aren’t enough of them to offset the centrists HRC lost by moving left to match Bernie. Which is it?

          • Brian in Valdosta

            That is the part I keep waiting for. I think that the LARGEST PUBLIC PROTEST in U.S. history (which took place this past Saturday in protest of Herr Drumpf) should be enough of a mandate from the people for them to sit up straight and do their damn jobs.

      • tristram

        If the Dems filibuster, it’s 99% certain the Republicans will eliminate the filibuster for SCOTUS nominees.

        • NowVoyager

          Sad…but true. Our spineless former Democratic majority leader, Harry Reid, when the Dems had control of the Senate, could have eliminated the filibuster early on (so Obama didn’t have to get chapped lips kissing Republican Senators’ asses) in regards to cabinet appointees and federal judgeships. Senator Reid actually done away with it regarding legislation as well — but he did not modify the filibuster (for cabinet appointee and federal judgeships the Repubs held up) until the last year the Democrat held the Senate. Turtle-neck Mitch McConnell will not hesitate, you can be sure of that. Of course, when the Republicans are no longer a majority in the Senate, that makes them impotent too. That is why the so-called “the nuclear option” is something both sides eventually regret because it means a loss of power — it makes being a minority party in the Senate little different than being in the minority in the House of Representatives.

          • tristram

            The Republicans are not worried about exercising the nuclear option because there is no presently foreseeable point at which the Dems can regain control of the Senate. We will lose at least 4 seats in 2018. And when you look at the map of states Trump won, the problem is evident. Theoretically, Dems should have an easier time regaining control of the House since seats are apportioned by population. But Republicans outmaneuvered the Dems and controlled the redistricting process after the last census. Not looking good going forward.

        • another_steve

          If the rules are changed to give Donald Trump carte blanche when it comes to the filling of Supreme Court vacancies, the Senate of the United States will have to be shut down. Progressives will need to occupy it and shut it down.

          Pure and simple.

          Shut. It. Down.

        • Acronym Jim

          I think the period of time to change Senate rules has expired for this Congress (I could be wrong). If so, I believe the majority party will have to wait until the results of the 2018 elections to change the rules.

          • Lena

            I was wondering about that, and hoping that this is now the case.

        • NancyP

          Yes. No dissent will be tolerated.
          The Senate ceased to be a collegial body a long time ago.

          So call me a bad person. I hope that the chosen candidate has undiagnosed soon-to-be-incapacitating illness. Or, has a conversion to some form of Christian belief that features “love your neighbor” instead of “peer through the keyhole” and “poor people are lazy” and “women, shut up”.

          • teeveedub

            I’ve hoped for much, much worse for him.

      • Until Mitch McConnell goes nuclear & ends the filibuster for SCOTUS nominees.

    • Ninja0980

      Nor the obstruction of the lower courts.
      But the fact is the courts have never really mattered to Democrats or a large part of our base, something that is about to hurt us the hard way.

    • crewman

      Yes! They kept saying, “Obama only has another year (out of four) so let’s wait.” Well let’s wait for the first impeachment issue to come up. It shouldn’t be a year.

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    • lymis

      I think that it’s only fair to wait and let the next president make the nomination.

      • bill weber

        Pence?

      • ArchiLaw

        The people spoke in November. They liked Hillary’s ideas!

    • FAEN

      If the Dems stay strong they can block this and other nominee. Which they should. Let them stew about it for the next 4 years.

  • PickyPecker
    • Joseph Miceli

      I know, right? Christians are SO vile, with all their ritual cannibalism. The only truly holy food is pasta.

    • Chucktech

      I know it’s snark, of course, but Reality Based business people would never do that. Christian money is green, you just need to wash the smell off.

    • Lars Littlefield

      This should be posted on the front doors of all Spaghetti Factory restaurants.

      • Clive Johnson

        At one point there was a large FSM sculpture on public display at Microsoft headquarters.

  • How’s that revolution going, Berniebots and Steinsters?

    • Joseph Miceli

      There is a lot of blame to go around (I voted for Hillary!)
      You really want to blame someone? Blame the stupid as Dems for allowing the nation to turn Republican locally. Where were the court challenges to the unfairly gerrymandered districts? Where were the court challenges to the unfair voter ID laws? Why …during eight years of the Obama presidency…wasn’t the DNC more focused on getting local Dems in state houses elected?
      Incompetence and hubris. This is why we’re here. Bernie and Stein are symptoms of the problem, not the problem itself.

      • Fair enough.

      • downtownla

        The DNC basically owns this. Not only did they nominate a highly disliked candidate, they held back spending for the past eight years on local races, saying they needed to preserve it for a very expensive presidential race. They put ALL their eggs in one basket and look what it got them. Ironic, in their push to have the first female president, they have now set back women, and everyone else for about 20-30 years. Thanks, Debbie. Great job!

        • Joseph Miceli

          THAT bitch. She’s no better than she should be. She always rubbed me the wrong way. Now Bernie (whom I still love but want to slap sometimes) is out there pushing for a male Muslim to head the DNC. Look, I’m sure Keith Ellison is a fine person, but this is politics. Does anyone really think have a Muslim man is going to be good optics for the party. I am truly sad to say this but we need to be practical. The DNC needs a white guy running it. Where’s Howard Dean?

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Have you seen the young gay mayor ( from Ohio, I think ? ) who is running also ? HE is what we need. Howie is old news, and corp sellout.

          • Gustav2
          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            THat’s it ! Thanks !

          • Joseph Miceli

            Sigh. Maybe. I think the party at this moment in time needs someone uncontroversial. That means straight white guy. This is politics. It is an ugly business. Still, I’ll take the gay guy over the Muslim. America doesn’t find us as threatening.

          • downtownla

            Stop being so afraid of your own shadow. That’s a right wing talking point, just like saying socialism will never sell in this country. Well, guess what, in 2008, Barack Hussein Obama was called all those nasty things – Muslim, socialist, fag, etc. – and he still won. To the Republicans, sure it’s a problem. But this is the Democratic party, not the Republican-wannabe party. The Democratic base actually welcomes it. By your notion of safe white candidates, we had Hillary and Tim this time. Imagine if Hillary had nominated a person of color or an LGBT as VP. Maybe then young people and people of color may have come out and voted.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Stop being so out of touch. After Bush they could have nominated a ham sandwich and it would have beaten McCain. After 8 years of the Bush smear machine the lies just didn’t work anymore. People had caught on to Karl Rove’s game.
            What worked in 2008 did not work in 2016. Hillary was not a “safe white” she was a woman! Tim was a total nonentity.
            I do have hope though. Maybe after the looming disaster (he’s already ripping shit apart!) of Trump’s failed presidency, the American people might be willing to take anyone who appeals to their better angels, just like they did with an unknown Senator with the scary name. We’ll see.

          • downtownla

            In communities of color, it doesn’t matter she was a woman. She was still white. (In fact, there’s tension in communities of color regarding white women, especially when discussing affirmative action. Witness the discussion about the recent women’s march.) And Tim being a non-entity meant he was a negative. It was an opportunity for Hillary to define her presidency and to say that things would not be the same. Imagine if she had nominated Elizabeth Warren as her VP. I bet she would’ve picked up enough votes to win. She had 5 million fewer voters than Obama in 2008. If you factor in demographic changes, there are even more votes she could have had. Find a nominee who will energize young voters and voters of color and the Democrats will win.

          • Joseph Miceli

            And that nominee is not Keith Ellison. Besides were you paying attention during the last election ? The old white guy block is still out there and still powerful . We’re going to have them till 2030 and we ignore them at our peril

          • downtownla

            Yes, I was paying attention. But the fact is Trump did not turn out more voters than McCain or Romney. He was just able to energize that base of primarily older white voters. If the Democrats had just managed to turn out their base, we would have been fine. I think the majority of the country is with us on climate change, marriage equality, affordable healthcare and college, non-military action, pro-social security and medicare, etc. The Democrats just need to nominate someone that is credibly on the side of these issues.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Until you have Dems pushing for state and local offices then we will continue to lose . in between voter suppression and radical gerrymandering white people will have a hold on this nation until 2040 and old white people are usually Republican .

          • downtownla

            Bingo! We have Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s DNC to thank for that. She came in and ended the 50-state strategy. Instead, she hoarded a lot of money in anticipation of a brutal 2016 Presidential campaign. To her, there was one election and one candidate only. And because of that, Democrats have lost 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats, 910 state legislative seats, 30 state legislative chambers and 11 governors’ offices. Imagine if she had done a better job of holding the Senate in 2014. We wouldn’t be dealing with today’s Trump Supreme Court pick.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Well! On that we agree!

    • The_Wretched

      Stop it. You’re reciting a right wing talking point.

  • Treant

    OT: I’m back! The EGD and colonoscopy were nothing. The prep wasn’t bad, and that was ten times worse than the tests.

    The upshot? Gastritis of unknown cause, which will probably go away on its own. I also had five polyps, so I have to get another colonoscopy at age 51. No biggie, and all the polyps looked benign–but will be tested, of course.

    • PickyPecker

      Whew. Good news!!

    • Colonel Panic.

      Very glad to hear it.

    • bkmn

      Good news is welcome, now more than usual.

    • Nic Peterson

      Good news for sure. I managed to ditch my bloaty gassy upset stomach symptoms by giving up most of the wheat products that I consumed, eliminating processed juices, soda and upping the fiber. I even managed to drop the omeprezole.

      Good luck and health.

    • Chucktech

      Great news, but why couldn’t they remove the polyps on the first go round?? That’s what they did during my routine colonoscopy. Now you have to endure another prep.

    • Cipher

      Congrats on good news. Sorry you now have to return to this issue of Trump trying to ram this down America’s throat and do some uncomfortable things at the opposite end of the tract…

    • Beagle

      Yay!

    • ChrisInKansas

      Great! I’m sure I will have to get another one this year. My dad died of colon cancer, and when I had one at age 40, they found a huge mass that had to be removed only by taking that part of my colon out and attaching the ends. Mass was benign. Off work for six weeks and in the hospital for one week. Ugh. I had another colonoscopy two years later which came out fine. Now it’s been another three years… :/

      What kind of prep did you do again? Every one I’ve had has just been awful.

      • Treant

        “Suprep Bowel Prep Kit.” It’s a two-dose cleanse that really wasn’t that bad at all. Yeah, the stuff tastes pretty bad, but it’s only 16 ounces and easily chuggable (plus brushing your teeth right after cuts through that). Then just water.

        The only problem I’m having is some leftover…emissions…well after the colonoscopy. Since I haven’t slept in more than 30 hours, I’d really like to lie down now.

        • MaryJOGrady

          I hope you feel better and it’s all a memory soon.

          • Treant

            Thanks! After the sedative, it’s less than a memory.

    • rusty57

      Glad things turned out well!

      • Treant

        You could say that everything came out in the end.

        • rusty57

          *giggle*

        • Jerry

          The prep kit does that.

          • Treant

            To quote an online review, “I saw food I ate in grade school.”

  • HZ81

    Um, nope. No. Nay. Nada. Nyet, and all things Go Fuck Yourselves!

  • bambinoitaliano

    They will install a few young fascists in SCOTUS that will last a few decades. That is the real damage that cannot be reverse. At least not in our lifetime.

  • AtticusP

    Apparently their master plan to reanimate Scalia’s moldering corpse didn’t work. Time for the junior league villains.

    Sad to say, though: if Antonin Scalia were to rejoin SCOTUS today, even in his present condition he would be a far better justice than Clarence Thomas ever was or will be .

  • PickyPecker
    • Joseph Miceli

      Are their shirts made from used quilts?

      • David Raymore

        Mattress pads perhaps?

        Oh what ugly hairdos. What were they thinking?

        • Lars Littlefield

          Moving pads stolen from Allied. I know someone who thinks they are the ultimate fashion accent in the home.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          The higher the hair, the closer to God.

      • lymis

        Don’t you recognize a dining table pad when you see one?

        • Joseph Miceli

          (smacks forehead) How could I be so blind? Thank you for letting me see the truth!

    • TrollopeReader

      Good Lordy!!

      • The_Wretched

        The higher the hair, the closer to god.

        • Steverino

          “Nearer My God, to Thee” – played by the band on the Titanic.

          • TrollopeReader

            of course, they were going down …so to speak!

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          Oops, sorry. I didn’t see your comment before I posted.

          • The_Wretched

            great minds think alike

    • MB

      Those necklines are waaay too low.
      Pentecostal SLUTS.

    • Statistics Palin
    • Acronym Jim

      Interesting how the hairdos of sister wives in the ’60s was so much more progressive than today.

      Did the FLDS ban curlers?

      • MaryJOGrady

        Actually, the FLDS requires the same hairstyle for all its female doormats.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Anyone think things are being rammed through with blinding speed because they know a Trump scandal (FBI investigation into Russian collaboration) won’t be able to be kept under wraps much longer and they know Trumpy will not serve a four year term?

    • BearEyes

      didn’t John Lewis hint at that recently?

    • pj

      they are being rammed through because our next president pence is making the pics. don dosent care.

      • Steverino

        I think we already have President Trump and acting president Pence.

    • rusty57

      Someone posted on JMG somewhere today that the republicans in congress are afraid of Mr Trump.
      I don’t think that’s really the case. I think during the primaries they realized Trump is an emotionally damaged and quite probably mentally ill 70 year old man they could easily manipulate. They know that as long as they blow up his ass by telling him he is clever and pretty boy they can play him like a harmonica.
      This is the opportunity that both wings (the religious extremists and the corporate capitalists) of the republican party have been waiting for. This flurry of Executive Orders (and soon bills) being placed in front of him that he signs off on, after Kellyanne and Rancid Prepuce have undoubtedly told him he needn’t bother reading, has to happen quickly because the republicans know the facade of Mr Trump “being” POTUS isn’t sustainable over 4 years.
      I’m going out on a limb here and predicting in 18 to 24 months he will retire for “health” reasons after the necessary legislation is signed and the Supreme Court is as packed with as many young, Federalist (read corporate friendly) justices as possible to secure the safety and longevity of the coup d’état.
      Unfortunately a great deal of damage can and will be done in 6 to 12 months.

      Or I could be completely wrong.

      • Jerry

        I think it’s a little of both…they don’t want to cross him, even the batshit crazy stuff, because he can absolutely destroy them with the base. But just like the corporations and their lobbyists, they’re learning how to play him to get what they want.

        • rusty57

          I don’t think the republicans care about the batshit crazy stuff. It keeps the thinking crowd distracted and struggling to catch up and the base is so addle-pated they will believe whatever the approved propaganda organs tell them. The base will continue to vote republican, the knuckle draggers have repeatedly shown their inability to connect the dots or recall who had them bent over the barrel the last time.
          Should shit go south before Trump/Pence are done with their term, the base will hear the steady shouting of how it is all Obama’s fault because “black man” And the base will swallow it whole.
          I fear that stare decis wil become a quaint old-fashioned notion.Lambs will be sacrificed; access to abortion will be severely restricted and workplace protections will be rolled back and I fear LGBTQ folks may find we have returned to being 2nd class citizens. The shredding of the social contract will proceed incrementally, can’t throw those pensioners out into the street before the mid terms.
          The republicans don’t fear the base, they fear an engaged and restive progressive movement that actively seeks to interfere with their plans.
          Always remember that Trump LOST by almost three million votes. We should stay after our congressional delegations at both the state and national levels to remind them daily that they do not have a mandate, they do not have our permission and we are watching.

  • Joseph Miceli

    This is why I had problems with Obama. He never fought the Republicans enough when it really mattered. Single payer, Merick Garland….he either bargained like a tyro or he folded. Now we will spend a generation undoing the damage that the Republican junta in Congress will do for at least the next four years. God help us all.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      We are fucked Joseph, every which way possible every single day and 3 times on Sunday.
      NO choice but to fight. I am feeling radical.

    • Ninja0980

      He never really fought for his nominees to the court until the ACA was threatened.
      Even then, he and Democrats didn’t fight like they should have.

      • TrollopeReader

        Vote D all the time! No matter whom, no matter what!! (Ninja, always)

      • Joseph Miceli

        x’s 1000!!!

        • Ninja0980

          It sucks to have to call out Obama, it really does.
          But the fact is the courts are going to be one of the most disappointing parts of his legacy.
          He did a lot but could have done so much more.

          • Joseph Miceli

            I see his legacy as being the last man holding the gates against the barbarians…but he did nothing to make those gates stronger. When he let go they came crashing in.
            Barack Obama delayed the hordes while they recouped and grew stronger. That’s all. God help us all.

  • HZ81

    And he’s 49? Going on 70?

    Jeez, either I am aging well or completely deluding myself. It’s probably the latter. Shut up, I know!

    • Cousin Bleh

      You’re not delusional. That guy is just a few years older than me, and he looks like he could be my gramps.

      • HZ81

        Seriously. I bet his age on Grindr is 30. 😉

      • Jerry

        He’s 4 years younger than me, and looks like he could be my gramps.

    • I didn’t even see the age–he’s one year older than me. I’m pretty fucking well-preserved.

      • HZ81

        It’s the martinis. 😉

    • Todd20036

      I turn 49 in 3 months. I’m the one in the middle of my photo.

      Either I’m doing something very right, or his idea of fun is Tina with a shot of G

    • Chucktech

      Being all religo-freedom addled, 70 has to be his mental age.

  • William

    Anyone with a face like that has a closet crammed filled with skeletons. I bet he has to prop a chair against the door to keep it closed.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      looks like he visits one of these:

      https://youtu.be/4d5_lrn9v-g

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        god, we hated that flick

        • William

          The worst place I ever stayed, the creepy owner wanted to screw most of the guests. He was NOT God’s gift.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            That is against AirBnB policy ! 🙂

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    No Senate Dems. Say it with me now… N O

  • Leo

    Hobby Lobby rears it’s head several times in that SCOTUSblog entry. Despite Alito’s lies, expect it to come back as it relates to LGBT with a vengeance.

  • Brian in Valdosta

    “Religious Liberty” ? Why don’t they try reading the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom that Thomas Jefferson drafted and which was enacted into law by the Virginia legislature. It is essentially a blueprint for the 1st Amendment (of the U.S. Constitution) and calls quite clearly for the separation of church and state.

    In any case, we are not a society of programed robots or a collective of ants that dutifully go about our genetically determined existence. Each of us has a mind. I just wish more Americans – particularly justices of the peace – would use them.

  • Chuck in NYC

    So they’ve decided to go with someone who merely looks like he could have been a porn star than with the Alabama guy who some people still suspect once was.

    • William

      Who was doing Alabama porn?

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    Another Catholic on the SC?

    • Lars Littlefield

      Can’t have enough catliks on the Supreme Court. The more catliks the closer to Jeebuzz.

      • Xuuths

        I think they believe Catholics are reliably anti-choice.

  • thom

    I’ve said it before, but I think we got too excited after scalias death. can you imagine his scathing anti-truump decisions?
    the only thing scalia hated more than gay people, women and equality was an executive branch that overreached or a wanna be authoritarian.
    celebrate his death? Yes! but think his replacement willbe better on stopping an emerging dictator? not in a million years.

    frankly I was more bothered by Roberts, alito, thomas.

  • Xuuths

    This, from the analysis of SCOTUSBLOG, should scare you:

    Gorsuch also has a pair of dissenting opinions in which he criticizes the “reasonable observer” test for establishment clause cases as far too likely to find impermissible endorsements of religion by the government

  • BobSF_94117

    I’m surprised they didn’t scour the landscape for a 12-yo, like they do when searching for the next Dalai Lama.

    • CB

      or the next Mrs. Drumpf

  • Bad Tom

    He meets the Trump criteria: 1) nice looking; 2) makes his fan base glad.
    That’s it!
    Distinguishing accomplishments? That is so Twentieth Century.
    ——-
    Back in the Good Old Days, when the USA was a world power.

  • Nic Peterson

    Bill Perdue, please continue enjoying your Trump.

    • William
      • Treant

        “Biggie Smalls, Biggie Smalls…”

    • danolgb

      Or any of the Bernie or Busters who frequent here including those who think they made some major sacrifice voting for Hillary in the general.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        OH god yes. “well I voted for her after a held my perfect progressive, green-loving nose. Gosh I felt soooo dirty afterwards I had to take a detox and lie down”
        gag me with a spoon. If it was a choice, which it wasnt, I would have an ounce of empathy. But come on.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Hes a purist demagogue. war isnt pure. and the libs have been playing honorable politics for too long while the other side would sell their mothers into sex slavery for a vote.
      You cannot win against smarmy opponents. You have to get dirty too

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • Ninja0980

    All you need to know about this POS can be found from his 2005 Liberals n’ Lawsuits in which he basically says any group that is a target of discrimination, LGBT, Black, women etc. has no business going to the courts for help.
    That if the public passes bigoted bills, it’s up to the group targeted to change the minds of these folks and if they can’t, too bad.

  • The_Wretched

    I, for one, do not welcome a theocracy to the US.

    • Xuuths

      Ramen!

  • canoebum

    Write your Democratic Senators today and insist on a filibuster of all Trump nominees for the high court. Nothing less than the full Garland treatment should be acceptable to any Democrat, unless and until, the Regime nominates a true Moderate, with a lengthy judicial record to prove it.

    • William

      I have no Democratic senators.

      • Acronym Jim

        Then write your Republican senators. I know it’s a long shot, but if more people in your state contact them with reservations about the nomination, they will see it as a liability to their job. Of course, you don’t need to point out your political affiliation in your letter.

        And please note, they will be likely to get more angry letters than positive ones. People tend not to write their congress critters simply to tell them they’re doing a good job.

        • McSwagg

          William should have been more specific. He and I are in Texas where we are represented by Tea Baggers in the Senate (Cornym and Cruz).

  • David Teager

    Oh, goody. And you should check out his mother’s record as slash-and-burn administrator of the EPA under Reagan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Gorsuch_Burford .

    • stuckinthewoods

      I thought the name sounded familiar. She was dreadful.

  • justmeeeee

    Democrats getting what they deserve. Thanks, Debbie Wasserman Schultz!

    • Tiger Quinn

      Piss off with that.

      • justmeeeee

        blow me, bitch

        • Tiger Quinn

          Is your plan to bore people to death or do you have something more sinister in mind?

    • IamM

      Whether or not the Democrats deserve this it effects everyone else just as much.

  • Natty Enquirer

    And if he is appointed, Gorsuch will be an illegitimate Justice because he is the fruit of the Senate’s treacherous nonfeasance over the past year.

    • McSwagg

      He will be doubly illegitimate because he will have been nominated by an illegitimate president.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Well there it is. The man who will be haunting many of us for the rest of our natural lives.

    • Natty Enquirer

      He and his Unholy Spirit.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Hopefully he’ll follow Scalia down the same path.

    • McSwagg

      Perhaps someone can gift him with an all expenses paid trip to that West Texas hunting ranch that Scalia visited as his last act.

  • ErikDC

    Everyone who sat home and didn’t vote or voted for Ms. Stein can now enjoy this fuck head for the next 35 years.

    • bill weber

      thanks Clinton, you miserable, unelectable candidate.

      • paganguy

        That would carry more weight if she *hadn’t* won the popular vote.

        • bill weber

          That’s not being elected, NOW IS IT?

          • Friday

            Sure doesn’t add up to ‘unelectable.’ You done fucked up.

      • Silver Badger

        You forgot the /s indicator.

        • bill weber

          Everyone who disapproved of HRC is a Nazi, eh? zzzzzzzzz

          • Silver Badger

            Who said anything about Nazis? Your conscience must be bothering you.

      • Ben in Oakland

        80,000 voters in three states.

  • Paula

    I had no idea that that nasty witch that ran the EPA under Reagan was his mother. Wow, the apple didn’t fall far from the crazy tree.

    • Robert Conner

      Speaking of Reagan, Trump just reinstated the global gag rule that denies any US funding to any women’s health service that happens to provide abortion.

      • IamM

        Not provide, mention.

    • MaryJOGrady

      That Gorsuch name is poison.

  • metrored

    Has he issued any decisions in regard to gay rights or public accommodations?

  • edrex

    Please give generously as you are able to the ACLU.

    • AdamTh

      I expect Iowa’s Steve King will introduce a bill to ban groups like the ACLU from filing lawsuits.

  • StraightGrandmother

    We’re doomed.
    The country is going to go right down the crapper.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see a serious push for Constitutional Amendments soon.
    Top two targets will be a womans right to end her pregnancy and gay rights. It’s coming,we can be assured things are going to get really ugly.
    I can only only hope that milleneals will prevent changing the Constitution through an Amendment process.

    • Talisman

      Right now, the GOP has control of both houses of 31 state legislatures, plus the unicameral legislature of Nebraska, for a total of 32. Technically, they need to control just 2 more state legislatures to have the 2/3 required to call a Constitutional Convention, where they can propose amendments without involving Congress. In reality, all it would take is a couple of republican-leaning legislatures to make the call.

      Of course, It requires 3/4 of the states to ratify an amendment (Democrats have full control of only 12 states). If the Republicans make any more gains in 2018, you can bet they’ll start the ball rolling.

      BTW, there has never been an amendment proposed via the Convention process outlined in the Constitution.

  • Silver Badger

    I notice that Liberals are not bragging about their 2nd amendment rights. Should I be concerned or relieved?

  • Acronym Jim

    That guy is only 49?!!!

    • Halou

      Of course. The younger he is the longer he stays there, the more time he has to entrench the reactionary rot that is the GOP agenda.

    • MDixon34

      I’m 51 and that guy looks at least ten years older than me. Though I’m immature for my age.

  • karen in kalifornia

    Oh great, about to become a second class citizen in my own country for the rest of my life. (meanwhile will be calling all senate dems. This guy made Hobby Lobby ok as well as Nuns won’t pay for none birth control).

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Jesus fucking christ, possibly 40 years in the court. Just… fuck 🙁

  • Curieux Bleu

    If this guy gets through, there will need to be 2 MILLION people blockading the Supreme Court and the Congress as well as demonstrations against him in all the cities across America. And the world. Beyond.

    The women, the black and hispanic and asian minorities, the LGBT, the press, the educated, those white hetero men who are still sane, the silent majority of non-rabid Xians, of whom there are supposedly quite a few still out there, must gather together and bring the US Government to a screetching halt with a massive NO WAY!

    Let the TRUMPOMACHY begin!! … there will be a TITANIC struggle ….

    On the other hand, Americans could just …. wimp out … and let all be taken from them.
    With a Tweet that ends with the forlorn word ‘Sad”.

  • Dave Babler

    Pretty sure we’ve already established precedent: sitting presidents are not allowed to nominate SCOTUS judges, we must wait for the next election. Just like we did with Obama.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    In others words, he’s a SAWG and is going to rule solely in favour of SAWGs. Every day that goes by, I find myself angrier and angrier at all the fucking regressive leftists who just couldn’t see the forest for the trees. Then again, they like to bitch and moan, so perhaps helping Trump win was a way of keeping their hobby going. Seriously, like Richard Spencer, I would like to pop a few regressives in face.

    NOTE: The term regressive left is not akin to or an equivalence to left, center-left or liberal. The regressive left is the mirror of the far-right/alt-right/thug Nazi types.

    • Sam

      sawg

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      into the hindu form of kaleesis, the interstellar camel named after the
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      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        In this case, Straight Angry White Guys

        • Sam

          Thanks. Google wasn’t any help at all.

        • Maggie 4NoH8

          I was wondering about SAWG… Same as SWP (shitty white people) I surmise…

  • Piet

    If this pos is both an originalist and a textualist, he should have no problem enforcing the emoluments clause, right? So that we get the new veep, Whitey, in the big house instead of Cheetolini. Now there’s an improvement we can all hope for. /s

    • Friday

      Sooner Trump’s out, the sooner the Right can’t use him to loot deniably later. One thing about him trying to grab all the ‘goodies’ all at once is he’s only going to be used-up sooner as far as they’re concerned, even.

  • teeveedub

    Senate Dems. had better raise a stink that makes the Bork hearings look like lost episodes of Romper Room.

  • Librarykid

    This is the son of Regan’s EPA administrator Anne Gorsuch Burford

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3418-2004Jul21.html

  • KnownDonorDad

    That was president Obama’s seat to appoint. If the Democrats have any spine (ugh) , they will block him until such time as a compromise candidate is found. Here you go: Ted Olson for SCOTUS.

    Edit: Viisual aid. BRING HIM DOWN!

    https://youtu.be/8M41kl3xOaQ?t=1m41s

  • James

    Reminds me of Gilderoy Lockhart.

  • ultragreen

    Democrats: Block his nomination no matter what. Block all of Trump’s appointees to SCOTUS for the next 4 years. It’s time to give the Republicans a dose of their own medicine.

  • 4thand10

    Is he Catholic? That would be such a disaster. Too many people on the Court who are out of touch with the 21st century

  • Richard

    It will soon be time for Schumer to start an indefinite filibuster on any SCOTUS nomination.

  • TampaDink

    How about NO.

  • DenCo

    No thanks – we will wait until we have a president that wins the popular vote and the electoral college.

  • Orly

    Well, lets see if the Democrats in the Senate can block him and any others indefinitely. Just like The Republicans did to Obama.

  • Paul

    PLEASE NO GORSUCH.

    I’m SICK of Harvard and Yale having a death-like grip on our SCOTUS. Time for some fresh, new blood for a change.

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  • Jasmine Lindros

    LOL! Well, “religious liberty” is all about placing Christianity above our Constitution, and Christians above everyone else, so that’s not exactly a ringing endorsement for Gorsuch. Unless, like most Republicans, the only time you support the Constitution is when it agrees with your partisan viewpoint.