The Buffalo News.)
Donald Trump has made his pick for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, and it's every bit as bad as we thought it might be. He has chosen Neil Gorsuch -- a George W. Bush appointee to serve on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Gorsuch does have academic credentials (Columbia, Harvard, Oxford), but his record is abysmal -- and shows that even the best education cannot compensate for an unwillingness to use rational thought.
Gorsuch is a lackey for Big Business, who believes that businesses don't need regulations to protect consumers or the environment. He also thinks christians should have special privileges over all others, and should be able to disregard rules that others must follow. He is an opponent of abortion rights and has decided in the past to support defunding Planned Parenthood. He is also an "originalist" on the Constitution -- meaning he wants to interpret it as though this country never got out of the 18th century.
In short, he would be a disaster as a Supreme Court justice, and every Democratic senator must stand against his approval. This is a test for those Democratic senators, and it's one they must pass. They must fight to the very end to keep Gorsuch off the Supreme Court -- even if that means we only have 8 justices for the next four years. They must filibuster his nomination -- even if it means the filibuster is eliminated. And any Democrat who caves in and votes to confirm Gorsuch must be given a primary opponent and campaigned against.
Republican senators have been playing hardball politics for years, and it time for Democratic senators to learn to play the same game. And any that can't do it should be replaced.
Mitch McConnell seems to have forgotten his own actions (and those of his GOP cohorts in the Senate). He says he wants Senate Democrats to treat Trump's nominee like they treated Obama's. Well, I agree with him. The Republicans refused to hold hearings or allow a vote on Obama's nominee (Merrick Garland). They blocked his nomination for many months. Senate Democrats should follow their lead, and do their very best to block the nomination of Neil Gorsuch.
The following was written by Kos at his website Daily Kos. I agree with every word he's written here.