Blunt: Gorsuch Is the Right Pick for the Supreme Court

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently held its confirmation hearings on Judge Neil Gorsuchís nomination to serve as our nationís next Supreme Court justice.

Throughout the hearings, it was undoubtedly clear that President Trump made the right choice in selecting Judge Gorsuch to help shape the long-term view of the court.

Speaking for the first time as President Trumpís nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Gorsuch said, ďIt is for Congress and not the courts to write new laws. It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the peopleís representatives. A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge, stretching for results he prefers, rather than those the law demands.Ē

In other words, a good judge doesnít try to determine what the Constitution and the law should say; a judgeís job is to determine what the Constitution and the law do say.

In the ten years he has served on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, he has demonstrated the integrity, professional qualifications, and the judicial temperament to serve on the nationís highest court.

From impressing many Senate Democrats in one-on-one meetings to unanimously earning the American Bar Associationís highest rating, Judge Gorsuch has earned bipartisan support, underscoring how well-respected he is as a jurist and as a person.

When I met with Judge Gorsuch following his nomination, his commitment to the rule of law and his respect for the Constitution were apparent. It was clear from our conversation that he understands the role of a judge is to adhere to the Constitution, apply the rule of law, and not legislate from the bench.

We must have judges on all our federal courts, especially the Supreme Court, who understand that they are not politicians in robes. Their job is to determine what the law and the Constitution says - not what they think it should say. Judge Gorsuch is that kind of judge.