In a unanimous vote, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary has given President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch its highest possible rating to serve on the nation’s highest court.
The bar association announced the vote last week in two separate letters — one written to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee; the other written to White House counsel Donald F. McGahn, II.
“After an exhaustive evaluation process, the Committee has determined by unanimous vote that Judge Gorsuch is ‘Well-Qualified’ for the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court,” the letters read.
Grassley’s response to this vote was jubilant, to say the least:
The ABA just gave BIG BIG boost to SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch w HIGHEST rating-unanimous well qualified He’s well on his way to Supreme Court
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) March 9, 2017
In an ideal world, the ABA’s vote would serve as the catalyst needed to hasten Gorsuch’s confirmation. Because of the obstructionism of Democrats, this was not to be the case.
As noted by The New York Times in a report two months ago, Democrats en masse have pledged to stick it to Republicans for refusing to even consider Judge Merrick Garland, whom former President Barack Obama nominated to the court last year, by doing everything in their power to block Gorsuch’s confirmation.
Leading the opposition team to Gorsuch was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who has been kvetching about the judge’s nomination since day one. Even after meeting Gorsuch for a one on one last month, he still didn’t budge.
“This president is testing fundamental underpinnings of our democracy and it’s institutions,” Schumer complained after the meeting, according to USA Today. “These times deserve answers and Judge Gorsuch did not provide them. I have serious, serious concerns about this nominee.”
And apparently, the concerns of Schumer and other loopy Democrats outweigh the judgment of the 139-year-old American Bar Association. This makes no sense, but that’s unfortunately how things sometimes work in an un-ideal world.
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