If you’re a conservative, mark Feb. 2 on your calendar.
This year, Groundhog Day is going to be like a second Christmas, and it has nothing to do with Bill Murray. In fact, you’ll be getting a present that could last for another 20 or 30 years. And the best part? You get to see a liberal meltdown-gasm all over again, just like you did on election night and Inauguration Day.
That’s because, according to The Associated Press, Feb. 2 is the date when President Trump is going to be announcing whom he intends to nominate to the Supreme Court seat left open by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia almost a year ago.
According to CNN, Trump may have already made his decision.
“I think in my mind I know who it is,” he said during a luncheon last week. “I think you’re going to be very, very excited.”
However, he did meet Tuesday with congressional Republicans to discuss the nomination.
The AP also reported that “a person familiar with the process who was not authorized to speak publicly about internal decisions and discussed the search on condition of anonymity” said that Trump had winnowed his choices down to federal judges William Pryor, Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman.
All three men appeared on a list of potential nominees that Trump had released while on the campaign trail to assuage conservatives who may have been uneasy about his constitutionalist bona fides.
Gorsuch, 49, was educated at Columbia and Harvard Law. A one-time deputy assistant attorney general with the Department of Justice, he’s been on the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for over a decade. He also clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Hardiman, 51, hailed from the Philadelphia-based 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, where he’s served since 2007. Educated at Notre Dame and Georgetown, he’s spent time in both private practice and in U.S. District Court.
Pryor, 54, has long been tipped as a leading contender for the spot. Educated at Northeast Louisiana University and Tulane, he’s been on the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals since 2004. A former Alabama attorney general, he’s also been employed in private practice and as a law professor.
All three are notable conservatives and would be great replacements for Scalia. All three are relatively young, which means they have the possibility of staying on the court for decades. All three have impeccable service records. And those three things should raise Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s blood pressure to the point where it could power Des Moines if you hooked his circulatory system up to a hydroelectric generator.
That’s why Feb. 2 will be so great. This year, forget about the measly groundhog. Keep watch on the Supreme Court nomination, instead.
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