President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, in Washington. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
On the merits of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, let me just add my voice to the choir: It’s both a very good pick and a very smart pick. Very good because Gorsuch has the qualities we want in Supreme Court justices: He’s thoughtful, smart and judicious, with a deep appreciation for the constitutional role of the judiciary within a system of separated powers, and a track record of real distinction on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. He has the potential to be an outstanding justice. He’s a very difficult nominee to oppose on any grounds relating to his qualifications to sit on the Supreme Court.
And that makes it a smart pick. The Democrats, and a fair number of our fellow citizens, were gearing up for a big fight on this one. My guess is that much of the fight has now been knocked out of them, and the big fight will not materializ..