It seems strange to say the least that a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court would turn around and criticize the president who selected him. But if the nominee, federal judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado really believes that remarks impugning the integrity and professionalism of the judiciary were “disheartening” and “demoralizing” it seems if the man has any integrity himself he ought to step down. But I have to admit that might not be good because we might get someone of a lower caliber (from what little I have read, Gorsuch has a good, albeit conservative, record and is considered a fair-minded jurist).
But really, he ought to step down. And one has to wonder what he was thinking — well except lifetime job and status — for ever accepting the nomination from President Trump. He could have hardly been surprised by Trump’s outbursts at the judiciary, unless he had been hiding under a rock for the past year or so.
And maybe all of this is some kind of political trick, either conceived or at least taken advantage of by the Trump administration. The remarks were said to have been made by Gorsuch in a “private” meeting with Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, a Democrat. But conveniently, a spokesman for the administration confirmed them on the agreement that he would not be quoted by name. So the administration obviously wanted the remarks to get out it would seem. Makes the judge look independent and might sway some reluctant Democrats in the Senate to vote for confirmation. A super majority in the senate, 60 votes, is needed should the Democrats filibuster, unless the Republican majority decides to repeal the unlimited debate rule — a move called the “nuclear option”, which Trump has advised them (told?) to do.
It’s all quite bizarre.
Meanwhile the circus continues and Washington gets nowhere in the business of running the country and looking after the people who it is supposed to be serving.
The idea that Gorsuch’s misgivings might be a ploy was not an original with me. It was in the news. Actually when I first read about his remarks, I thought, as Trump himself might put it, “this is HUGE!”.
AND ONE MORE THING:
Apparently from reading the news today Sen. Blumenthal was correct in his quotations of what Judge Gorsuch said, even though President Trump brought up the fact of Blumenthal’s credibility problem — that is that the senator at one time claimed he did military service in Vietnam. In fact, he did not. He did serve in the Marine Corps reserves, it has been reported. While I think that in this case that has nothing to do with the current controversy, I do have to admit anyone who would tell such a lie, in general, has a credibility and integrity problem. Blumenthal reportedly apologized for his Vietnam lie, but if he had any self-respect he would have done the honorable thing and resigned from public service. I have no quarrel with anyone who skipped Vietnam service — only with those who claim they served or who become chicken hawks on war policy after dodging service. About his lying: sometimes it is characterized as him saying that he was a Vietnam vet instead of being a “Vietnam era” vet. No he clearly said he was a Vietnam vet. I supply this link to a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0h2qKE69Jg