No. I am sorry. I cannot support Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court of the United States. It is not that he is unqualified. This guy is plenty qualified. He is the Peyton Manning of law. He has the pedigree. He has clerked for all the right people in all the right places. He went to the right schools – high school, college, law school, and postgraduate education. The point is not whether he is qualified. Neither is the point whether I agree with his ideology. I do not. Instead, we should be focusing on the fact that Neil Gorsuch is all about process.
President, let me underscore this, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Mister Garland was eminently qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice. Yet, empowered by purely partisan politics, the GOP-led Senate decided to make up their own criteria about who they are going to the vet and who they are not. This is all about the Democrats deciding that it is time to grow a backbone. Sometimes, you need to draw a line in the sand and say, “This is about principle.”
We can go into all the ins and outs of why the Republicans were 100% wrong about not even granting a hearing to Merrick Garland. They were wrong. They knew that if they actually held hearings Merrick Garland would come off as someone who was thoughtful, intelligent, and, God forbid, Supreme Court material. So they decided to obstruct, block, and thwart Garland in every way. Now, if we allow Neil Gorsuch to move forward, we have rewarded the Republicans for obstructionism. This cannot happen.
Every now and then, you must stand up for what you believe. Do you believe in the Constitution? Do you believe that we are a land of laws? If so, we must force the Republicans and Donald Trump to nominate Merrick Garland even if they decide to vote him down. He must go through the process. It is the right thing to do. It is the American way.