GORSUCH: NRO – Constitution won; CHUNG – Gorsuch nominated; CRUZ – Nuclear option?; DC EXAMINER – Stick to the list; Rushbo – Trump problems with GOP; DRUDGE links.
LEADS: MUNRO – Public supports immigration limits; SNEROFFSKY – San Fran sues; KAPUR – Slow OCare repeal.
NOTES: O’DOHERTY – Two fingers; LEVIN – Gorsuch.
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“. . . if you’re going to be a good and faithful judge, you have to resign yourself to the fact that you’re not always going to like the conclusions you reach. If you like them all the time, you’re probably doing something wrong.” Antonin Scalia
NRO: “A Win for the Constitution”
Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, is a fine choice to replace the late, great Justice Antonin Scalia. He combines a sterling intellect and a fidelity to law.
“That fidelity is what undergirds the “originalism” that Justice Scalia espoused and that Judge Gorsuch continues to practice. That term refers to the view that a legal provision — whether a statute or an amendment to the Constitution — should be read to have the meaning its words could be understood to bear at the time it became law. An official may apply an old law in new ways as circumstances change. But if he acts on an understanding of the law that differs from that original meaning, then he has illegitimately amended it. And the law is binding on judges no less than it is on other officials.
“Originalism has faced resistance in modern times mostly because liberals would rather not go through the formal process of amending the Constitution in order to edit it to their liking, removing its structural limits on governmental power and putting their preferred policies beyond democratic review. Gorsuch’s record gives us cause to believe that he would use his vote and his voice to side with the actual Constitution.
“And with our actual laws, such as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Liberals supported that law when it was enacted in 1993 but have subsequently found it inconvenient. Some judges have ruled that the Obama administration had not really placed a burden on Catholic nuns’ exercise of their faith by making them sign a form that enabled their employees to receive insurance coverage that covers contraception. Gorsuch, on the other hand, grasped that for the government to protect religious liberty means for it to stay out of the business of assessing the soundness of a particular religious belief: If the nuns sincerely say their faith forbids them to sign the form, it is not for the government to tell them they are wrong. Which is what the law, properly interpreted, holds. . .”
Andrew Chung, Reuters: “Trump Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch seen in the mold of Scalia”
“Federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court pick of President Donald Trump, is a conservative intellectual known for backing religious rights and seen as very much in the mold of Antonin Scalia, the justice he was chosen to replace.
“Gorsuch, who has not shied away from needling liberals on occasion, is 49 and could influence the high court for decades to come in the lifetime post, if confirmed by the Republican-led Senate. He is the youngest Supreme Court nominee since Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1991 picked Clarence Thomas, who was 43 at the time.
He currently serves as a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, the city where he was born. He was appointed to that post in 2006 by Republican President George W. Bush.
“Gorsuch, who is white, adds little diversity to the court compared with the justices appointed by Democratic President Barack Obama, both of whom were women, one becoming the first Latina justice.
“But he offers geographical diversity to a court dominated by justices from the east and west coasts. As an Episcopalian, he would be the only Protestant on the court, which has three Jewish justices and five Catholics.
“Gorsuch is seen by analysts as a jurist similar to Scalia, who died on Feb. 13, 2016. Scalia, praised by Gorsuch as ‘a lion of the law,’ was known not only for his hard-line conservatism but for interpreting the U.S. Constitution based on what he considered its original meaning, and laws as written by legislators. Like Scalia, Gorsuch is known for sharp writing skills.
“‘It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives,’ Gorsuch said on Tuesday at the White House event announcing the nomination in remarks that echoed Scalia’s views.
“Trump, a Republican, had the chance to nominate Gorsuch because the Republican-led U.S. Senate last year refused to consider Obama’s nominee, appeals court judge Merrick Garland. . . .”
Fox: “Ted Cruz reportedly says nuclear option is on table in Supreme Court pick”
“Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said in an interview Tuesday that “all procedural options are on the table” when it comes to confirming a strong conservative to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court.
“President Trump nominated federal Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, choosing a jurist widely seen by conservatives as a fitting successor to the late Scalia – and touching off what is sure to be a fierce confirmation battle with Senate Democrats already vowing resistance.
“‘The Democrats are not going to succeed in filibustering the Supreme Court nominee,’ Cruz told Politico. ‘All procedural options are on the table. The bottom line is we will confirm a strong conservative to replace Justice Scalia.’
“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., will oppose any nominee outside the mainstream. He will likely decide whether to try to lead an effort to block, or filibuster, based on the nominee’s performance in confirmation hearings and feedback from his Democratic caucus, including the 10 senators who are up for re-election in states that Trump won last year. . .”
Washington Examiner: “Stick to your list, Mr. President”
“ . . . The single-most important factor prompting people to vote for Trump (27 percent in one NBC exit poll) was that he would make the right choice for the court. In conservative and especially social conservative circles, the court was the central reason they lined up behind Trump, who lacked bonafides as an opponent of abortion.
“His reluctant conservative backers essentially thought this: Trump isn’t one of us, but he, unlike Hillary, will put a few of us on the Supreme Court. . . .”
Joe Kovacs, WND: “Limbaugh: Trump has one much bigger problem than protesters”
“While protests continue over President Donald Trump’s “extreme vetting” of foreigners from seven Muslim-dominated countries, radio host Rush Limbaugh says the commander in chief faces a much more serious problem.
“The real choke point here and the real weak point – and I’ve mentioned it a number of times all during the campaign – the real problem Trump has here is not these protesters,” Limbaugh said Monday on his national broadcast.
“The real problem he’s gonna have is the Republicans in Congress sticking with him. (emph added, jb)This is the kind of thing that they’ve caved to I don’t know how many times.
“This is the kind of uprising in the media, uprising on the left that just sends chills down the spines of the average, ordinary Washington Republican, and they cave within seconds to things like this, as [Sen. John] McCain and Lindsey Graham predictably and right on schedule have done, by coming out and saying they profoundly disagree. This has always been, as far as I’m concerned, the wild card for anything Trump does, and that is the Republican and the Republican leadership in Congress.”
Neil Munro, Breitbart: “Poll: Public Overwhelmingly Supports Trump Push to Limit Migration”
“Donald Trump’s pro-American immigration reform is getting strong majority support from the public, despite the left’s portrayal of the policy as hateful and incompetent, and despite Democratic voters’ determination to obstruct the new president.
“Reuters commissioned the poll and then tried to hide the resulting good news for Trump under a misleading headline, ‘Exclusive: Only a third of Americans think Trump’s travel ban will make them more safe.’
“But the most direct question in the poll showed a seven-point advantage for Trump’s policy, of 48 support to 41 percent opposition. . .”
Evan Snernoffsky, SF Chronicle: “SF sues over Trump’s executive order targeting sanctuary cities”
“San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a federal lawsuit against President Trump on Tuesday, calling his executive order that seeks to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities unconstitutional.
“The legal action is the first lawsuit from a major sanctuary city under threat from Trump’s executive order that aims to supersede local immigration policy while ratcheting up enforcement.
“‘Not only is it unconstitutional, it’s un-American,’ Herrera said at a City Hall news conference. ‘It is necessary to defend the people of this city, this state and this country from the wild overreach of a president whose words and actions have thus far shown little respect for our Constitution or the rule of law.’
“The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, cites the 10th Amendment of the Constitution that limits the federal government from interfering in powers reserved to states. . .”
Sahil Kapur, Bloomberg: “Slow Pace of Obamacare Repeal Leaves House Conservatives Fuming”
“House Republicans voiced frustrations Tuesday about slow-moving efforts to unwind Obamacare, urging their leaders to pick up the pace on a top campaign promise.
“‘Let’s get rid of it,’ Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio told reporters at a forum for House conservatives. ‘That’s what we told the voters we’d do.’
“He wasn’t alone.
“I, too, am frustrated with the pace,” said Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania. “America needs to know what we stand for. We should vote on something.”
“We should get a plan together that we all, at least we can vote on and decide where we have the votes and where we don’t and where we need to do some work and what policies we can agree upon. And I think the failure to do that over the last four years has caught us somewhat flat-footed,” Perry said.
“The frustrations reflect the dilemma facing Republican leaders caught between years-long promises to smash the Affordable Care Act and the political reality of upending the health care system in a way that could cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance. . .”
Ian O’Doherty, Irish Independent:“A two fingers to a politically correct elite”
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“The irony of Clinton calling Trump and his followers racist while she was courting Black Lives Matter was telling.
“After all, no rational white person would defend the KKK, yet here was a white women defending both BLM and the New Black Panthers. Explicitly racist organizations with the NBP, in particularly, openly espousing a race war if they don’t get what they want.
“Fundamentally, Trump was attractive because he represents a repudiation of the nonsense that has been slowly strangling the West.
“He represents, rightly or wrongly, and the dust has still to settle, a scorn and contempt for these new rules. He won’t be a president worried about microaggressions, or listening to the views of patently insane people just because they come from a fashionably protected group.
“He also represents everyone, who has become sick of being called a racist or a bigot or a homophobe, particularly by Hillary supporters, who are too dense to realise that she has always been more conservative on social issues than Trump.
“It might take a madman to restore some sanity to America. I suppose, a quirk that is typical to that great nation, The land of the free, and the home to more contradictions than anyone can imagine. . .”
Mark Levin,1/31/17: “Gorsuch”
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, President Donald Trump has chosen Neil Gorsuch, a jurist on the Denver based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to fill Antonin Scalia’s former Supreme Court seat. Finally, we have solid appointment and conservative judge. Democrats will fight his nomination and Republicans must do everything they can to make sure he gets confirmed. Sen Mike Lee calls in from the White House to discuss Gorsuch’s experience.
“After that, Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ is against 7 countries which together do not make up 25% of the Muslim world. The very people who attack the Constitution are attacking Trump’s order as unconstitutional. They spend more time claiming people overseas have constitutional rights rather than defending Americans constitutional rights.
“We are at a very dangerous turning point because of Chuck Schumer, Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi. These politicians stand for nothing but a centralized government. Also, why is it assumed that the Democrat Party represents all Muslim Americans when they don’t? Most Muslim Americans are prolife, against same sex marriage and are against the violence of radical jihadists.
“In addition, the same left is in California betraying our country by nullifying federal law in sanctuary cities and advocating for secession. If the left is going to continue to nullify law so should conservative mayors and governors, when it comes to conservative issues like gun control.
“Later, the Democrat Party was the party of nullification when it came to slavery. Now it’s the party of nullification when it comes to sanctuary cities and the party of secession. James Madison rejected nullification or secession. He said you can’t have a country with secession and that no state has the power to undo their citizenship in the U.S.”